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Vernon Evans Case Closed Administratively

Death row inmate wants humane execution

Maryland death row inmate Vernon Lee Evans filed a federal lawsuit in 2006—weeks before his scheduled execution—to assure that the lethal-injection protocol for putting him to death was humane. Maryland executions have been put on hold over those concerns ever since, as the state tries to concoct an acceptable way to kill its death row inmates, of whom there are currently five. Meanwhile, Evans’ lawsuit has been sitting there, dormant—until Aug. 16, when U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg ordered it administratively closed, saying “any party may move to reopen this action for good cause shown.” Presumably, once Maryland gets its execution protocols in good, working order, it’ll be reopened.

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