Nebraska to Try Risky 4-Drug Series in 1st Lethal Injection


Deborah Denno was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the state of Nebraska trying new drugs to execute death row inmates.

Nebraska state officials are preparing for their first execution in two decades and first-ever lethal injection with an untried combination of drugs that includes a powerful painkiller responsible for much of the nation’s opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could conceal whether something has gone wrong.

The execution planned for Aug. 14 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln comes with significant risks for Nebraska prison officials, who haven’t carried out a death sentence since using the electric chair in 1997.

“When states start experimenting with a new drug combination, it heightens the likelihood there’s going to be some kind of error,” said Deborah Denno, a law professor and lethal injection expert at Fordham University in New York.

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Story has also been published in The Orlando Sentinel and Newsweek.


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