At 2pm EST, Doyle Hamm filed a petition for writ of certiorari and an accompanying application for a stay, or in the alternative, a supervisory writ with the United States Supreme Court in Washington DC. His case is now in their hands. Doyle is praying for relief, and for justice.
In his petition, Doyle Hamm raised the following question presented:
In this as applied §1983 challenge to a state’s secret lethal injection protocol, the federal courts denied plaintiff’s request for preliminary injunction by requiring the state to promise, at the last minute, not to attempt peripheral venous access in the arms or hands, to equip the execution chamber with an ultrasound machine, to guarantee that a doctor performs any central venous access, and to ensure that the IV execution team was “in fact capable of administering an intravenous line through [the plaintiff’s] great saphenous veins”—raising the following question:
Should the federal courts craft individualized lethal injection protocols in order to address the specific medical needs of infirm inmates, without giving them an opportunity to challenge the protocols through an adversarial process, or instead grant or deny injunctive relief and thereby allow the states to develop their own lethal injection protocols for sick and infirm inmates?
Here is the petition for writ of certiorari:
Here is the application for a stay or, in the alternative, a supervisory writ: