For decades, what goes on inside the execution chamber has been largely shrouded from public view, but the Georgia video recording of Andrew DeYoung's death, the first since 1992, has again raised the possibility that executions might be made available for all to see, reports the New York Times.
Experts say the decision by Judge Bensonetta Lane to allow the taping opens the way for defense lawyers across the U.S. to push for video documentation of other executions. It seems inevitable that some of those recordings will make their way onto television or YouTube. Brian Kammer, a lawyer who argued for allowing the DeYoung execution recording, said documenting the death was essential because of the controversy over the drugs used in lethal injections. “We've had three botched lethal injections in Georgia [ ] and we thought it was time to get some hard evidence,” he said.