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Judge dismisses Georgia death row inmate's lawsuit filed in the wake of execution drug problem

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ATLANTA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Georgia death row inmate that claimed the state violated her constitutional rights by subjecting her to cruel and unusual punishment.

Kelly Gissendaner was scheduled for execution at 7 p.m. March 2. Corrections officials told reporters about 11 p.m. that they were postponing the execution "out of an abundance of caution" because the lethal injection drug appeared "cloudy."

Corrections officials announced the next day that they would temporarily suspend executions until they could analyze the drug.

Gissendaner filed a complaint a week later saying she had suffered 13 hours of anxiety before that announcement, not knowing whether the state would proceed with her execution and what drugs it might use.

The judge Monday dismissed the complaint.

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