Death Penalty: Missouri to Use Propofol, Which Killed Michael Jackson, As Some Raise Concerns
In the context of Missouri's potential use of propofol, the Death Penalty Information Center has warned of possible troubling consequences of the improper administration of the drug.
With capital punishment, Dieter argues, doctors with a high-level of expertise in the use of propofol may not be present. "That's putting this into the hands of those with less experience."
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Zink et al v. Lombardi, the federal case challenging Missouri's execution protocol, has a trial set for October 5, 2013, just two-and-a-half weeks before the first scheduled execution. It remains to be seen whether the plaintiffs in this case -- which include Franklin and Nicklasson -- will be able to delay the death penalty once again, with the help of the federal courts.
Nanci Gonder, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, says in a statement to Daily RFT: "The Department of Corrections has adopted a single-drug execution protocol using propofol. We believe the protocol equally meets constitutional standards as the previous three-drug method, upheld by the United States Supreme Court."
States across the country are exploring unprecedented methods, Dieter notes. That's because manufacturers of the most common execution drug recently stopped selling it for use in executions -- and supplies have run out.
Dieter argues that courts will have to determine whether the new options, like propofol, meet the minimum criteria for a humane process and preserve basic constitutional protections.
"I really don't know where all of this is going to go," he says, "but we're about to find out what states have come up with."