The symposium will address a broad range of issues concerning lethal injection. Some of these issues include: The purpose of punishment and whether lethal injection adequately serves that purpose; the role of doctors in executions; the relationship between state laws governing the euthanasia of animals and the current lethal injection protocols in those states; the role of the Eighth Amendment in addressing these issues; the impact of the recent lethal injection litigation on lawyers, judges, media and the public, and the impact of the litigation on the death penalty debate as a whole.
The complete list of participants is here; an all-star lineup of the most informed scholars and journalists on lethal injection, including Fordham's own Deborah Denno. Federal District Judge Jeremy Fogel, who is presiding over the Morales lethal injection trial in California, is slated to be the keynote speaker.
For more information:
Contact: Marcia Kahnowitz and Eliza Orlins
Tel: (212) 636-6881