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Cruel, Unusual: Oklahoma Seeks Animal Euthanasia Drug to Use for Execution


This gurney is used to perform executions at T...

This gurney is used to perform executions at Terre Haute by lethal injection.

It’s never been used on humans before; instead, it’s a drug commonly used to put animals to sleep.

And yet Oklahoma officials want to use pentobarbital to execute a condemned prisoner because of the nationwide shortage of the drugs commonly used for lethal injection–which have legally passed the “cruel and unusual standard.”

Apparently, waiting a few months for their supply to arrive isn’t enough for Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections. They want to execute John David Duty, and they want to execute him now–even though they’re essentially using this person as a guinea pig for a nasty science experiment.    Read more

By Sarah Seltzer | Alternet
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 @ 07:49 AM

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