Friday, 29 December 2006

Botched Executions Challenge Medical Ethics

Botched Executions Challenge Medical Ethics

States, courts trying to involve more doctors in executions to avoid mishaps.

DOC officials won't say how they found the doctor in purple, whether he came to them or vice versa.

"The doctor who did it came to terms with his own ethical code," McDonough said.

Death penalty defense lawyers tend to disagree, saying prison officials can't be relied on.

"This is a medical procedure, and we don't have medical people doing it," said Martin McClain, who has defended more than 100 death row inmates in Florida.

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