The Champion

September/October 2006 , Page 41 

Search the Champion Looking for something specific?

Preview of Member Only Content

For full access: login or Become a Member Join Now

Lethal Incompetence

By Ty Alper

Read more Capital Cases columns.

Lethal Injection Litigation Is Exposing More Than Torturous Executions

It’s not unusual for me to make mistakes. . . . I am dyslexic and that is the reason why there are inconsistencies in my testimony. I can make these mistakes, but it’s not medically crucial in the type of work I do as a surgeon.
— Deposition Testimony of Dr. Alan R. Doerhoff, Doctor Responsible for Executions in Missouri, June 5, 20061 

Six years ago, conservative columnist George Will declared himself appalled by the real probability that innocent people have been executed in this country. “Capital punishment, like the rest of the criminal justice system,” he wrote, “is a government program, so skepticism is in order.”2  

Press coverage of the recent explosion of litigation around the country challenging lethal injection suggests that it may well generate a similar strain of skepticism among even death penalty proponents, particularly those who believe that lethal injection is a simple and humane method of execution,

Want to read more?

The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.

NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.
login

Not a member? Join now.
Join Now
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.

See what NACDL members say about us.

To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.

  • Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or idominguez@nacdl.org
  • Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.

In This Section

Advertisement Advertise with Us
ad