Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Justices and a Botched Execution

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal-injection drug protocol, which last April left a man writhing in agony on the killing table for 43 minutes.
 
In the spectacularly botched execution, the condemned man, Clayton Lockett, first received an untested sedative, midazolam, but it failed to knock him out. As prison officials scrambled to pump the deadly drugs into his veins, he awoke, tried to sit up and said, “The drugs aren’t working,” before finally succumbing to a heart attack.
 
More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/opinion/sunday/the-justices-and-a-botched-execution.html
 
 

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