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The Latest: Federal Appeals Court Won't Stop Man's Execution

High Court Won't Halt Georgia Execution
Posted at 2:19 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 14:19:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Georgia's oldest death row inmate, who's set to be put to death Tuesday:

A federal appeals court has rejected a death row inmate's challenge to Georgia's law that shields the identity of the producer of its execution drug.

Inmate Brandon Astor Jones's scheduled to die Tuesday. His lawyers had asked the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider his challenge. They cited split opinions among the judges who sat on three-judge panels of the court that heard similar challenges.

The 11th Circuit voted 6-5 Tuesday to deny full-court consideration.

The majority opinion says Georgia's secrecy law does not violate Jones' due process right.

Dissenting opinions say the law prevents Jones from having the information he needs to show the state's lethal injection protocol risks being cruel and unusual punishment and, therefore, violates his due process right.