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September 30, 2007

A timely note about physician involvement in executions

In light of the Supreme Court's cert grant in the Baze lethal injection case (index here), a note in the August 2007 issue of the Georgetown Law Journal seems especially timely.  The note is entitled, "Second Opinion: Inconsistent Deference to Medical Ethics in Death Penalty Jurisprudence," and can be accessed at this link.  Here is a snippet from the introduction:

This Note illustrates the inconsistent judicial deference to medical ethics by focusing on two increasingly controversial roles physicians play in capital proceedings: their direct participation in the lethal injection process itself and their treatment of insane inmates to restore the condemned’s competency to be executed. Part I of this Note provides an overview of the medical community’s ethical proscription against physician involvement in executions and outlines some reasons why physicians nonetheless breach medical ethics by participating in executions.

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