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Sharswood Fellow Studies Doctors’ Participation in Executions 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Nadia Sawicki
It has been more than a century since the Supreme Court has contemplated whether a method of execution is constitutional. While the lethal injection was instituted as a more humane alternative to the electric chair, two Kentucky deathrow inmates are charging that as administered, it violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

If administered improperly, the three-drug cocktail can lead to a silent, but torturous death. Veterinarians, for instance, refuse to use the cocktail on animals and have replaced it with a single drug injection.

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