Witnessing Executions

Frank Green * In the office early one morning in 1999 and groggy from working late the night before, I was checking my voicemail when I was jarred by a familiar voice. The message was from Andre L. Graham, a man I had watched die a few hours earlier.[1] I had reached...

The Politics of Botched Executions

Corinna Barrett Lain * For decades now, America’s death penalty has been beset by serious problems in its administration, but what has finally gotten the public’s attention is a spate of botched executions in the first half of 2014. “2014 is Already the Worst Year in...

Has the “Machinery of Death” Become a Clunker?

Stephen F. Smith * In 1994, Justice Blackmun famously announced that he would no longer “tinker with the machinery of death.”[1] The timing of that announcement said as much about the state of America’s death penalty on the eve of the new millennium as it did about...
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