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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

CA Execution Suspended Indefinitely for Constitutionality Review

Michael Morales, Kenneth Starr's client, was not executed as planned Tuesday night after the anesthesiologists ordered to be present at the execution to ensure Morales' lack of pain, decided they weren't able to participate.  They believed their intervention in the process would be medically unethical.  Morales was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, but it was postponed until 7:30 p.m. when the anesthesiologists refused to participate. After the anesthesiologists backed out, the state was given permission to execute Morales with a lethal dose of barbiturate. But the prision warden decided to call off the execution around 5:30 p.m.  Schwarzenegger condemned the decision.  An evidentiary hearing on the constitutionality of California's lethal injection process is scheduled for May 2 or 3. The administration process and the cocktail have recently been questioned. More from . . [Mark Godsey]

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