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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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Not every conceivable piece of information is equally relevant to the important, ongoing public conversation about the lawfulness of a particular lethal-injection protocol.
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.
Equitable concerns--that death row inmates are filing lethal-injection challenges merely to forestall their impending executions--animate most of the recent statute-of-limitations jurisprudence.
It also takes into account the nature of lethal-injection challenges, which have far more to do with the record of past executions and the current plans to administer lethal injection than with the simple availability of a written protocol.
Jeremy Fogel, In the Eye of the Storm: A Judge's Experience in Lethal-Injection Litigation, 35 FORDHAM URB.
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.
But Ohio's experience could influence the decisions made in the 31 other lethal-injection states, many of which have been forced in the past few years to rethink the drugs they use.
Tilton, (1) which challenges the constitutionality of California's lethal-injection protocol for executions, is unique among the many thousands of disputes over which I have presided in more than twenty-six years as a federal and state judge.
Part I reviews the history of my involvement with lethal-injection litigation--beginning in 2004 with the case of Cooper v.
Alan Johnson, Murderer Dies Amid Lethal-Injection Debate, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, Apr.