Friday, January 8, 2010

Controversy Remians Over Ohio's Use of 1-Drug Execution Method

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Another successful execution using a lethal injection of just one drug instead of the traditional three has fueled debate over whether the state's unique approach should be adopted elsewhere.


This system is still flawed in that it still requires an intravenous injection. As has been the case with previous executions in Ohio and elsewhere, finding usable veins is not always an easy task.

Ohio has had other problems with its executions, including delays in finding usable veins, that still must be worked out, said Deborah Denno, a Fordham University law professor and lethal-injection expert.

''It would be regrettable to start labeling as a success something that just seems momentarily not to have a problem associated with it,'' Denno said. ''This procedure should be problem-free. We shouldn't be crossing our fingers every time there's an execution.''

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