Effective moratorium on executions in Calif

http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/02/22/ap2546317.html

In summary, a scheduled execution had to be postponed indefinitely because a judge ruled an anesthesiologist had to be present at the execution, and no medical professionals would agree to take part, due to ethical reasons. The reasons appear to be a little complicated, but part of it stems from drug laws which limit the handling of the controlled drugs used in executions to licensed medical practicioners.

I’d like to say that this looks good for death penalty opponents, but they’ll probably just go back to hangings.

How fascinating.

I was pro-death penalty until I heard of a great point made by a judge in Illinois. The point is that the death penalty effectively denies a person due process, because no matter how careful you are, once a person has been executed, any new evidence or appeal becomes moot.

I found it fascinating and true.