Supreme court intervenes in case of Russell Bucklew, who argues tumor in his neck could rupture and bleed during lethal injection

The US supreme court has intervened to stop Missouri from executing a prisoner with a rare medical condition on the grounds that he could have endured prolonged suffering during the lethal injection process.

The nation’s highest court on Monday agreed to review the case of Russell Bucklew, 49, a convicted murderer who has a large tumor in his throat that is susceptible, experts say, to rupturing and bleeding during the execution – potentially causing him excruciating pain. The justices will consider his predicament in the fall, holding out the prospect that he will not be executed at least for another year.

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