Jumbled sentences in which A is placed correctly:
A. The United States Supreme Court has upheld the three-drug protocol in lethal injections for capital punishment applied in 36 states, besides the federal government, thus lifting a seven month de facto moratorium on executions.
B. The contention of the two death row inmates in Kentucky State was that the administration of pancuronium bromide, the paralytic, carried the risk of excruciating pain in the event of inadequate dosage of the anaesthetic sodium thiopental. They maintained that the continuation of the current protocol was a violation of the bar on cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
C. Yet the divergent opinions expressed in the ruling on the constitutionality of the drug regimen and on the deterrent value of the death penalty itself are hopeful pointers to the ultimate, if distant, goal of the abolition of this barbaric punishment.
D. Moreover, the plaintiffs' plea for the anesthetic to be administered in large amounts minus the other two drugs was overruled on grounds that such an alternative, while applied to put animals to sleep, may not be the appropriate in the case of human beings.
E. The judges were not unanimous on the gratuitous harm that could result from the maladiministration of the protocol, or on the preparedness of the Kentucky prison administration to ensure that inmates were rendered unconscious before the paralytic and cardiac drugs were injected.