Inmate Gasps For Over An Hour During Arizona Execution


Deborah Denno quoted in a CBS San Francisco report about Arizona’s brutal execution of double-murderer Joseph Wood — during which he gasped for more than an hour and a half  — and how it will add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty, including the debate in California where 748 people’s executions are currently on hold pending judicial review.

Deborah Denno, professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at Fordham Law School, told The Associated Press it may be up to Legislatures or the public to bring any change. “I think every time one of these botches happens, it leads to questioning the death penalty even more,” she said. “It will reach a point where the public will question the value of these execution procedures generally, and perhaps the death penalty itself.”

Read the entire CBS San Francisco article.


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