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Paper Brake-down Group 13 Policy: lethal injection 1. Jeannine Chan - The Policy Problem 2. Nadiya Atkinson - The fact of the matter 3. Khalfani Leslie - for the Policy(details for the policy, Why is it appropriate, Will solve the problem, Who is affected) Nicholas Chavez - for the policy (Does policy address problem, How and why is it a better policy). 4. Durrell Harper - (Why is the policy not appropriate, Note why might an alternate policy be better, or some parts of the policy could be modified) Kristyn Herlihy -(What are the consequences, Winners and losers, Are they unintended)
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“People say that executing criminals does not take away from their dignity--if it is done with dignity. But the fact of the matter is that whether you’re waiting to die by lethal injection—waiting for the poison to flow down your veins—or waiting for a bullet, or waiting for a rope, or waiting for a gas, or waiting for the electric current—there is no difference: there is not lesser or greater dignity in dying (Helen Prejean).” The author makes the point that essentially there is no humanness or dignity to the death penalty and no form is and ever will be better than the previous. A current controversy in the courts is whether the use of lethal injection is illegal under the Constitution because it violates our Eighth Amendments rights to not be subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment”. The opponents say that there would be more humanness with the use of a different method but is it possible to find anything more humane and dignified or as Helen Prejean implies would another method simply be the same book with just a different cover? Lethal injection was conceptualized in 1888 by a New York doctor name Julius Mount Bleyer who believed that it was a more humane method of capital punishment than the previous forms used. His idea never took off and it was not until about a century later that lethal injection was again brought up as a method for execution. In 1977, Oklahoma was the first state to adopt the use of lethal injection, under Chapman’s Protocol, named after Jay Chapman, the state medical examiner who proposed it. Although it was quickly adopted into law, it took five more years for Charles Brooks Jr. to be the first person executed in this manner in the state of Texas. Lethal injection was hailed as humane and scientific—“capital punishment for the times”--but like previous methods, it soon became the center of controversy as several botched executions called its legality and humanness into question. In one instance, Raymond Landry, a death-row inmate in Texas, was administered the three drug cocktail and minutes later it popped out of his vein and sprayed chemicals all over the place. The curtain was closed and not reopened until fourteen minutes later, after the catheter was reinserted. Landry was not pronounced dead until about thirty minutes later. In another case, the needle became blocked after it was inserted in John Wayne Gacy of Illinois and
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This note was uploaded on 07/13/2008 for the course PAM 2300 taught by Professor Avery,r. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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