Tuesday, June 5, 2007
From clevelandplaindealer.com: Ohio has found itself in the cross hairs of the latest national debate over the death penalty: Should executioners' identities be protected?
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio raised the question with a wide-ranging request for state records seeking information on the May 24 execution of an inmate whose veins took 90 minutes to find and whose death came a record-setting 16 minutes after the toxic drugs began to flow.
Among other things, the ACLU asked for the names of Christopher Newton's execution team - a group of volunteer medics and guards whose identities are routinely shielded by the state.
Though the hooded executioner is so common as to be iconic, the ACLU and other death penalty opponents say they have new cause for seeking complete information on the people carrying out state-sanctioned deaths by injection. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]