Explain "botched executions"
August 5, 2014 3:32 PM Subscribe
Recently there have been several news stories about "botched executions" in US states with the death penalty, i.e. cases where death took longer than expected and/or was attended with substantial physical suffering. Why aren't these easily preventable given modern medical science?
posted by zeri to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Science these days has a lot of ways to put people to death quickly and painlessly, doesn't it? There's barbiturates, deliberate morphine overdose, whatever drugs Dignitas uses... And can't whatever method is chosen be preceded by full sedation to prevent any possibility of suffering? Are there legal or practical problems with such methods that prevent states from using them?