OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A judge has affirmed Washington state's procedures for executing prisoners by lethal injection.
The lawsuit challenging lethal injection was filed by three death-row inmates. They say prison officials can't be sure that condemned inmates will be totally unconscious when fatal drugs flow into their veins.
The state, however, argues that its procedures closely follow an execution blueprint from Kentucky, upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a ruling released Friday, a Thurston County Superior Court Judge turned aside the legal challenge. An appeal is considered likely.