Monday, 26 May 2008
Missouri hires doctor for executions
The state of Missouri has added an anesthesiologist to its execution team,
despite professional guidelines against doctors taking part in executions.
The Kansas City Star reported Sunday the doctor's presence on the team was
revealed in a federal court case brought by several death row inmates
concerning the qualifications and training of Missouri's execution team
Citing the ongoing litigation, attorneys for the death row inmates said
they could not comment.
The Missouri Department of Corrections will not reveal the doctor's name
or role on the team.
Missouri has not set any execution dates, but the attorney general has
asked the state Supreme Court to schedule them for 14 inmates.