Lawyers Call Alabama Execution An ‘Avoidable Disaster’

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Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama call his execution an "avoidable disaster," but the state prison commissioner says there was no visible evidence that he suffered during a lethal injection, the Associated Press reports. Ronald Bert Smith Jr. coughed, and his upper body heaved repeatedly, for the first 13 minutes as he was being sedated. His arms appeared to move slightly after two tests . . .

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