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

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Should death penalty abolitionists or proponents be more troubled by "Wild West" response to troubles with execution drugs?"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy excerpts an article from USA Today and observes, in part:

I am inclined to guess that death penalty proponents are most troubled by all the new litigation and practical barriers in the way of carrying out death sentences. But I suspect lots of death penalty abolitionists are likewise troubled by how hard (and with questionable means) some states are trying to go forward with untried methods for ending like. So, I suppose this post is meant to suggest both a descriptive and normative question: who is most troubled with what is going on, and should be?

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