December 13, 2006
An ugly (and fitting?) end to the capital year
The biggest death penalty story of 2006 has been the ups and downs of all the lethal injection litigation (which the Supreme Court fueled through its work in Hill, as I explain here). Thus, it is perhaps fitting that the final execution of the year, which took place tonight in Florida, apparently involved lethal injection problems. An AP report here provides these details:
Angel Nieves Diaz, who was convicted of murdering a Miami topless bar manager 27 years ago, was executed by lethal injection Wednesday, appearing to grimace before dying 34 minutes after receiving the first dose of chemicals. The manner of his death will likely rekindle the argument that Florida's method of execution constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
Diaz, 55, was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m.... He appeared to move for 24 minutes after the first injection. His eyes were open, his mouth opened and closed and his chest rose and fell.
Some recent related posts about lethal injection issues:
- The lethal mess in Ohio
- A new lethal injection twist in Kentucky
- Missouri still struggling with its execution protocol
- Uncovering lethal injection realities
- My lethal injection piece on SSRN
- A bit of lethal injection history
- How could (and should) Congress clean up the lethal injection mess?
- Lethal injection litigation creates de facto moratorium in Ohio and...
December 13, 2006 at 10:14 PM | Permalink
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