NY Times Op-Ed from Columbia Law Professor Bernard Harcourt: Executing a Terminally Ill Inmate

The Ghoulish Pursuit of Executing a Terminally Ill Inmate

When judges schedule a lethal injection for a terminally ill prisoner whose struggle against lymphatic cancer and extensive medical history has left him without any easily accessible veins, our law descends into a ghoulish inferno. It is a dreadful place where our most august jurists ruminate over catheter gauges and needle sizes, and ponder whether to slice deep into the groin or puncture internal jugular veins. History will not judge us favorably….

 

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