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November 2, 2010

"UK group says it's suing over US execution drug"

The title of this post is the headline of this AP article, which gets started this way:

A group opposed to the death penalty filed suit Tuesday to try to prevent a British company from exporting a drug that could be used in the execution of an American inmate.

Reprieve, a London-based rights group, and the London law firm Leigh Day & Co. are suing in the hope of forcing the government to regulate the export of sodium thiopental. The sedative, which is part of the three-drug cocktail used in lethal injections in the U.S., was scheduled to be exported from Britain to Tennessee imminently, Reprieve said.

The group warned that sodium thiopental would be used in the execution of 56-year-old Edmund Zagorski, who has been convicted of committing two murders in 1983.  The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has declined to block the export of the drug. "We can stop the export of these drugs," Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith said at a news conference. "But the (UK government) is dedicated to inaction."

I find amusing the British complaint that the UK government "is dedicated to inaction" on a day in which many American voters are going to the polls to vote for candidates who ran on the promise that they will make sure US governments are less active.

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Don't these guys have their priorities in order? Now Landrigan no longer exhales carbon dioxide. So executing him helped stop global warming.

Posted by: federalist | Nov 2, 2010 7:26:59 PM

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