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September 13, 2006

Missouri still strugging with its execution protocol

As detailed in press reports here and here, a "federal judge in Missouri on Tuesday rejected that state's lethal injection procedure for the third time, saying it was inadequate to ensure that condemned inmates did not suffer unnecessary pain during executions."  The judge has given Missouri officials six weeks to try, yet again, to do better.

Persons interested in lethal injection issues, or troubled that a single federal district judge is actively setting regulations for executions, should be sure to check out my article in the forthcoming Cato Supreme Court Review.  In the article, which is available here, I argue that Congress and state legislatures, and not individual federal district judges around the country, should be actively working on improving lethal injection protocols.

September 13, 2006 at 07:53 AM | Permalink


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