COLUMBUS (AP) -- A federal appeals court has heard arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard arguments Tuesday.
State attorneys say they've provided plenty of evidence to show that the contested first drug in Ohio's three-drug method will put inmates into a deep state of unconsciousness.
The state also argues that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of that drug, midazolam, in a case out of Oklahoma in 2015.
Lawyers for death row inmates are challenging the effectiveness of midazolam.
Ohio is appealing a federal judge's decision that rejected the state's current three-drug execution method.