Florida man to be executed with untried lethal drug; critics call it ‘huge risk’

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Deborah Denno comments to the Detroit Free Press on the execution of a Florida man who’s been on death row for nearly 30 years — the seventh condemned inmates in 2013, the most for a single year in about 30 years.

Deborah Denno is a leading expert on lethal injection and a law professor at Fordham University.

Denno told First Coast News in a phone interview that Florida could be opening itself up to legal challenges with the new drug.

“Florida is taking a huge risk,” she said.

Denno said midazolam hydrochloride has also never been used for executions in any other state in history, but that it is FDA-approved.

Denno added that Florida is in the minority of states that are still using an injection cocktail.

“Eleven states allow for the use of one drug,” she said, adding that she believes this process is more humane because it lacks a paralytic agent.

Read the entire Detroit Free Press story.

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