Anesthesiology Expert Witness On Execution Procedure

Anesthesiology expert witness Dr. Mark Dershwitz’s testified that Ohio’s execution procedure is humane and includes enough anesthetic to knock out an average inmate for two hours. writes:

The doctors testified in a legal challenge brought by two men who could receive death sentences if convicted of separate murders in Lorain County. The defendants are challenging the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection process, saying it doesn’t provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law.

Lethal injections are on hold nationally while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge in a case from Kentucky, which is among the roughly three dozen states that administer three drugs in succession to sedate, paralyze and kill prisoners.