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By Ty Alper
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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,
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