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Old 04-03-2019, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Velocity View Post
Not to derail the thread, but isn't it standard procedure to sedate the condemned first before the rest of the lethal injection takes place?
IIRC, Hippocratic Oath and anti-death policies make it hard to procure the optimal pharmaceuticals for executions. (Some right-wingers, believing that punishment should punish, seem to view this as a feature not a bug.) This has been discussed in prior threads.

Anyway, expert Dr. Joel Zivot testified under oath that Bucklew will die a slow, agonizing death, that he will suffocate to death in unbearable pain, choking and convulsing on the gurney as he dies. If the State of Missouri had witnesses to refute that, why weren't they called to testify? Did Missouri just want to get a legal precedent for their right to torture?