Physicians, Medical Ethics, and Execution by Lethal Injection

JAMA. 2014;311(23):2375-2376. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6425

Robert D. Truog, MD; I. Glenn Cohen, JD; Mark A. Rockoff, MD

In an opinion dissenting from a Supreme Court decision to deny review in a death penalty case, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun famously wrote, “From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.” In the wake of the recent botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma, however, a group of eminent legal professionals known as the Death Penalty Committee of The Constitution Project has published a sweeping set of 39 recommendations that not only tinker with, but hope to fix, the multitude of problems that affect this method of capital punishment. [Full text]

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