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lethal injection

A method of capital punishment by a combination of medications, typically, a sedative, a paralytic agent, an analgesic agent, and a fatal dose of potassium. Unlike other forms of execution (such as electrocution or the gas chamber), lethal injection is the only method that relies upon the direct participation of health care professionals. Some professional organizations (such as the American Medical Association) and several state boards with oversight over health care practic, have questioned whether the participation of health care professionals in lethal injection is appropriate, legal, or moral.
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lethal injection

An increasingly widely-used method of execution of condemned criminals using thiopentone followed by pancuronium and potassium chloride. Since the method involves intravenous skills rarely available to non-medical people, doctors are commonly asked to advise or even participate-which few, if any, can contemplate without revulsion. The movement against lethal injection is gaining momentum.
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Part I reviews the history of my involvement with lethal-injection litigation--beginning in 2004 with the case of Cooper v.
section] 1983, claiming that California's lethal-injection protocol was unconstitutional because it created an undue risk that the person being executed would experience excruciating pain.
Further, because a serious inquiry into the factual basis of his lethal-injection claims could not possibly be completed within eight days, a decision even to conduct such an inquiry would require a stay of execution.
15) While there was no legal impediment to his doing so, Cooper chose not to pursue his lethal-injection challenge, which eventually was dismissed without prejudice for failure to exhaust administrative remedies.
2006) ("[R]emoval of [pancuronium and potassium chloride] from the lethal-injection protocol, with the execution accomplished solely by an anesthetic, such as sodium pentobarbital, would eliminate any constitutional concerns, subject only to the implementation of adequate, verifiable procedures to ensure that the inmate actually receives a fatal dose of the anesthetic.
Victor Li, Nationwide Lethal-Injection Drug Shortage Forces States to Experiment with Executions, ABA Journal, May 1, 2014, http://www.
Sells' execution earlier had been halted when a district court ruled that the Texas prison system was required to disclose information about its lethal-injection drugs supplier and how the drugs are tested.
a thorough review of the lethal-injection protocol, including, inter alia, the manner in which the drugs are injected, the means used to determine when the person being executed has lost consciousness, and the quality of contemporaneous records of executions, such as execution logs and electrocardiograms, likely will be necessary.
Jeremy Fogel, In the Eye of the Storm: A Judge's Experience in Lethal-Injection Litigation, 35 FORDHAM URB.
Here, instruments of torture and execution--old European dunking stools and brands, and good old American lethal-injection beds--are precisely rendered in acrylic paint and set against backgrounds of pink and blue Regency stripes, burlap, or orange feathers pasted into thick black gesso to suggest tarring and feathering.
The site shows the actual execution recordings in the handwritings of the executioner and lists the contents and costs of the lethal-injection mixes used as well as all of the executed prisoners' last statements and final meal requests.
In addition to constructing the lethal-injection building, officials at Terre Haute have inmates renovating a fifty-cell wing of the prison that's supposed to become the new federal death row.