Doctors in the Death Chamber?


Deborah Denno comments to the Daily Beast on a badly botched lethal injection that has put a slew of capital punishment cases on hold.

Prisoner 187 343, a convicted murderer and rapist named Romell Broom, had his sentence temporarily reprieved by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, but only after enduring what Fordham Law Professor Deborah Denno, a death-penalty historian, calls “the worst botched execution that has happened in the history of this country.”

“It’s 2009,” says Denno, the lawyer and historian. “Lethal injection was first enacted in 1977. Since then, we’ve had botch after botch after botch. They’ve only gotten worse and worse. … It’s because of the setting and who’s doing it.”

Read the entire Daily Beast story.


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