Thursday, 8 February 2007

Lethal injection panel meets in Tampa

Lethal injection panel meets in Tampa

Jim AshNews Journal capital bureau chief

TALLAHASSEE ? A commission hears more testimony today on Florida?s method for executing prisoners.

The Governor's Commission on the Administration of Lethal Injection meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tampa Airport Marriott.

It is the second meeting of the group since Gov. Jeb Bush called a temporary halt to executions following the Dec. 13 botched execution of Angel Nieves Diaz. It took nearly a half-hour, twice the usual time, for Diaz to die.

An autopsy showed the needles used in the execution pushed through his veins and delivered the deadly cocktail of drugs into his soft tissue, slowing their absorption and possibly causing pain.

The commission held its first meeting Jan. 29.

Commissioners must meet at least three times before issuing their recommendations.

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