Missouri Supreme Court rehears case on execution method

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | The Missouri Supreme Court is taking a second look at the way the state adopted its procedures for executing condemned inmates.

The execution protocol is being challenged by a group of inmates, their relatives, clergy and lawmakers. They claim the Department of Corrections should have adopted the procedures as an official rule following public comment.

The department contends the execution protocol is an internal management policy exempt from formal rule-making.

Supreme Court judges heard arguments on the case in October, about a week before Judge Zel Fischer was appointed to fill a vacancy. The court did not explain why it reheard the case Thursday.