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Mississippi will seek execution dates for 2 inmates

By JEFF AMY
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Attorney General Jim Hood says he will ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to approve execution dates for two inmates, even though court challenges are still pending to the state's lethal injection methods.

Hood spokeswoman Margaret Ann Morgan said the state would seek dates for Richard Jordan and Thomas Loden if state prison officials confirm they have needed drugs.

The court on Thursday rejected Jordan's challenge to use of a particular drug because lawmakers changed state law.

In a 6-3 decision, justices also rejected Jordan's claim that 41 years on death row makes his execution cruel and unusual.

Jordan claims in a federal lawsuit that the sedative midazolam won't render people unconscious, meaning prisoners could feel pain as executioners administer drugs to kill them.

Another suit challenges midazolam in state court.

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