Chemical In Executions Could Cause Painful Death

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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/07/national/07LETH.html?hp Some legal and medical experts say that the standard method of executing people "could lead to paralysis that masks intense distress, leaving a wide-awake inmate unable to speak or cry out as he slowly suffocates," the New York Times reports. It involves a chemical, pancuronium bromide, which has been among those used in lethal injections since Oklahoma adopted that method in 1977. As a result of a lawsuit by a Tennessee inmate, advances . . .

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