Cruel and unusual?
Does lethal injection violate the Constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment?"
That's the question the United States Supreme Court is being asked to decide in a case involving the murder of a Winchester police officer's father.
Officer Dennis Briscoe's father, Powell County Deputy Arthur Briscoe, was killed along with Sheriff Steve Bennett in 1992 by Ralph Baze, who is on death row in Kentucky.
Baze's attorneys argue that, when the three-drug mixture used to put people to death in 35 of the 36 states that allow the death penalty is administered improperly, the result can amount to torture. There has been at least one instance in which it took more than half an hour for a felon to die, and others in which the convicted person screamed in agony or had chemical burns on his arms from the injection.