Lethal Injection

Capital Doubts

Supreme Court mulls lethal injections as Christian support for the death penalty drops.
by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Christianity Today
2/19/2008

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments against Kentucky's lethal injection procedure in January, as attorneys for two death row inmates contended that when done incorrectly, the procedure—which involves three shots to numb, paralyze, and kill—can cause extreme pain to the prisoner.

Editorials - Lethal Injection

There Is No ‘Humane’ Execution

Lethal Injection and Physicians: State Law vs Medical Ethics

Journal of the American Medical Association
COMMENTARY
By Lee Black, JD, LLM and Robert M. Sade, MD

Articles - Lethal Injection

Un castigo cruel e injustificable

Editorial de El Nuevo Día

21-Diciembre-2006  

La despiadada crueldad de la pena capital se sintió con todo su injusto rigor en la persona del puertorriqueño Ángel Nieves Díaz la semana pasada en el estado de Florida.  

New York Times Article: Alternatives to Lethal Injection

From The New York Times (June 23, 2006)
(http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/23/us/23inject.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)

Doctors See Way to Cut Suffering in Executions   By DENISE GRADY  

A flood of lawsuits challenging lethal injection as cruel and unusual has stalled executions in some states and may prompt others to

Federal Judges Cite Arbitrariness in Stays and Executions Around Lethal Injection

martinFive federal judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit dissented from the Court's denial of a stay of execution to Sedley Alley in Tennessee. (Alley was subsequently granted a stay by the governor on other grounds.) Judge Boyce Martin, writing for the dissenting judges, noted that many inmates around the country were being granted stays of execution after filing challenges to the lethal injection process. Others raising the same claims have been denied stays and have been executed, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case related to this issue (Hill v. McDonough).

Excerpts from Judge Martin's opinion follow:

Human Rights Watch Report on Lethal Injection

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A new report issued by Human Rights Watch notes that most U.S. states use execution methods that needlessly risk excruciating pain for inmates subjected to lethal injections. The report examines the history of lethal injections and the widespread use of protocols that were created three decades ago with no scientific research.

Excerpts from the report:

Although supporters of lethal injection believe the prisoner dies painlessly, there is mounting evidence that prisoners may have experienced excruciating pain during their executions. This should not be surprising given that corrections agencies have not taken the steps necessary to ensure a painless execution. They use a sequence of drugs and a method of administration that were created with minimal expertise and little deliberation three decades ago, and that were then adopted unquestioningly by state officials with no medical or scientific background. Little has changed since then. As a result, prisoners in the United States are executed by means that the American Veterinary Medical Association regards as too cruel to use on dogs and cats. (Executive Summary).

Although supporters of lethal injection believe the prisoner dies painlessly, there is mounting evidence that prisoners may have experienced excruciating pain during their executions. This should not be surprising given that corrections agencies have not taken the steps necessary to ensure a painless execution. They use a sequence of drugs and a method of administration that were created with minimal expertise and little deliberation three decades ago, and that were then adopted unquestioningly by state officials with no medical or scientific background. Little has changed since then. As a result, prisoners in the United States are executed by means that the American Veterinary Medical Association regards as too cruel to use on dogs and cats. (Part IV, footnotes omitted).

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