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The Shadow Economy of Lethal Injection Drug Deals

03 August 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU 

For all we know, the "pharmacy" might be a high school science class.

That's how a federal appeals court judge described Missouri's secretive death penalty system back in the spring.

Shady medical experiments masquerading as legal executions have gone horrifically wrong in four states already this year. During the most recent, Arizona officials shot 15 separate doses of experimental drugs into Mr. Joseph Wood. This bungled execution lasted for nearly two hours, during which Mr. Wood gasped for breath 660 times and then finally suffocated to death.

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