A Survey of the History of the Death Penalty in the United States

Sheherezade C. Malik * Paul Holdsworth ** Since the founding of Jamestown Colony in 1607, few topics in American life and culture have generated as much controversy, both in terms of persistence and volatility, as the death penalty. Foreign policy, economic...

Lethal Injection: States Medicalize Execution

Joel B. Zivot, MD * In Baze v. Rees, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the constitutionality of a method of lethal injection used for capital punishment.[1] The three-drug protocol referenced in Baze consisted of three chemicals injected into the condemned...

The Executioners’ Dilemmas

Eric Berger * When people learn that I study lethal injection, they are usually curious to know more (or at least they are polite enough to ask questions). Interestingly, the question that arises most often—from lawyers, law students, and laypeople—is why states...

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...
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