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July 10, 2009

Legal challenge to Washington's lethal injection methods turned away

This new AP story, headlined  "Judge affirms Wash. lethal injection method," provides details on another failed challenge to a state execution protocol.  Here are th basics:

A judge has affirmed Washington state's procedures for executing prisoners by lethal injection, turning aside complaints that condemned inmates could be partially conscious when fatal drugs flow into their veins.

In a ruling released Friday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham said that the inmates presented no evidence that the state "intended to impose punishment that was 'cruel.'" "The procedure to be used by defendants, although not fail-safe, appears to have been designed to administer the death penalty in a way that is humane for the inmate and the observers,"  Wickham wrote. "It is an attempt to provide some dignity to this most grave event."

The inmates are likely to appeal the ruling.... The lawsuit [turned away here] argued that Washington's lethal injection procedures are so sloppy and inconsistent that inmates might be partially conscious when fatal drugs flow into their veins.... The lawsuit alleged a long list of shortcomings in the state's lethal injection methods: No supervision by doctors or nurses, inadequate training and rehearsals for the execution team, and lack of medical qualifications for everyone involved.

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AS AN EX SHERIFF, I HAVE HEARD MANY PRISONERS STATE THAT THEY THINK THE "FIRING SQUAD" WOULD BE THE MOST HUMANE, AS IT IS QUICK, NO MISTAKES WITH SEVEN SHOOTERS, AND THERE WOULD BE NO PAIN....I ALSO CONCURRED.....

Posted by: jer mynor | Jul 12, 2009 4:49:25 PM

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