Doc Wants Florida Justices to Stop Valle Execution

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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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