|Sharswood Fellow Studies Doctors’ Participation in Executions
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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.