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(MissouriNET) - The debate over the death penalty is back in the spotlight in Jefferson City. Attorney General Chris Koster is pressing the state supreme court to act on a pending lawsuit concerning death row inmates.
Proposals have been made in the legislature for a death penalty moratorium, or even a repeal. But Koster doesn't think the latter is very likely, based on his time serving in the Senate and seeing his colleagues deal with the issue.
Koster argues there are times when the death penalty is appropriate. He's fighting a lawsuit by inmates on death row. The suit claims a drug used for lethal injection causes undue pain, and therefore fits the criteria for cruel and unusual punishment.
Several executions have been put on hold while the case is reviewed. Koster says that's only delaying justice for victim's families.
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