Cruel, Unusual: Oklahoma Seeks Animal Euthanasia Drug to Use for Execution

It's never been used on humans before; instead, it's a drug commonly used to put animals to sleep.

And yet Oklahoma officials want to use pentobarbital to execute a condemned prisoner because of the nationwide shortage of the drugs commonly used for lethal injection--which have legally passed the "cruel and unusual standard."

Apparently, waiting a few months for their supply to arrive isn't enough for Oklahoma's Department of Corrections. They want to execute John David Duty, and they want to execute him now--even though they're essentially using this person as a guinea pig for a nasty science experiment.

"The state is basically experimenting on the execution of a human being using a drug that's never been used before, and this is really a first," law professor Deborah Denno told Gawker.

Read the full story at Gawker.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 19, 2010, 4:49am

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