Alabama’s Last Execution Was An Atrocity

October 28, 2016

By Stephen Cooper
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time Alabama played God, executing death row inmate Christopher Brooks by lethal injection on January 21, 2016, The Montgomery Advertiser and al.com published a column of mine in which I wrote:

“Initial reports out of Alabama are that the execution went as ‘smoothly’ as killing a reasonably healthy 43-year-old man can go. In any event, it appears there was no visible evidence Brooks suffered bodily distress as the lethal drugs were administered, prompting Alabama Prison Commissioner Jeff Dunn to say that the execution with the controversial sedative drug midazolam ‘went exactly as planned[.]” (See Executions are hardly an exact science, on February 8, 2016, and Courts denied phone to attorneys of man condemned to death, on February 9, 2016).

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Harvard Scholars Come to the Defense of Alabama Death Row Inmate

October 19, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Harvard College medical ethicists filed a brief this month with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit outlining an argument in support of Thomas Arthur, a 74-year-old death row inmate facing execution at Holman Correctional Facility Nov. 3.

As part of an appeal, the Court requested Arthur and his counsel submit a “feasible and readily implemented” method of execution as an alternative to the three-drug cocktail Alabama uses for its lethal injections.
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