In Court Papers, MO Defends Execution Protocols


The state of Missouri is defending its proposed procedures for executing condemned prisoners as humane and constitutional, saying the revised protocol would eliminate the need for a federal judge to monitor future executions. But nowhere in the court papers did the state say whether it planned to contract for future executions with a surgeon whose court admission of dyslexia sparked a federal judge’s concerns about Missouri’s procedures, reports the Associated Press.

Concern the state may use Jefferson City surgeon Alan Doerhoff was on the minds of attorneys for convicted murderer Michael Taylor, whose impending execution in February sparked the debate in the first place. “The proposed protocol may retain John Doe I as part of the execution team,” Taylor’s attorneys wrote in rejecting the state’s proposal. Doerhoff was referred to as John Doe I when he testified anonymously in federal court earlier this year, as corrections officials wanted to protect his identity. Doerhoff has since acknowledged he assisted in dozens of executions.


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