Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A British doctor wants the Florida
Supreme Court to stop a lethal injection execution scheduled for
Lawyers for Dr. David Nicholl filed an emergency petition
It argues that using a Danish-made drug in the execution of
Manuel Valle would violate the federal Controlled Substance Act.
The 61-year-old Valle was convicted of killing a Coral Gables
police officer 33 years ago.
The federal law prohibits using sodium pentobarbital, one of
three drugs injected during executions, for non-medical purposes.
The Food and Drug Administration has declined to enforce the ban
against states conducting executions.
Nicholl, though, argued Florida, as a sovereign state, should
not sacrifice the rule of law.
Valle also has an appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nicholl is a neurologist in Birmingham, England.
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