Lethal Injection Draws Scrutiny in Some States


Deborah Denno discusses in the Wall Street Journal a recent botched execution that has triggered debate over whether alternative approaches to lethal injections should be considered.

Deborah Denno, a Fordham University law professor who has written articles on capital punishment, believes firing squads comprised of professional shooters could handle executions more quickly and flawlessly, though she concedes that cultural distaste with firing squads means it is unlikely to be widely adopted. “We’ve known for a long time that there are better methods, but states don’t want to look bad and horrifying,” she says. The last firing squad execution took place in Utah in 1996.

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