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For Execution Methods Challenges, the Road to Abolition Is Paved with Paradox

Deborah W. Denno

in The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter examines recent challenges to lethal injection methods in relation to debates about the death penalty in the United States. In particular, it considers how lethal injection challenges ... More


“No Improvement over Electrocution or Even a Bullet”: Lethal Injection and the Meaning of Speed and Reliability in the Modern Execution Process

Jürgen Martschukat

in The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter examines the argument that the lethal injection is not humane at all, with particular emphasis on its speed and reliability. It first considers the latest criticisms against the lethal ... More


“Cruel and Unusual Punishment”?

Scott Christianson

in The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520255623
eISBN:
9780520945616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255623.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By the late 1970s, public opinion in the United States was swinging ever more strongly in favor of the death penalty. Although the public's appetite for gas chambers had diminished, eleven ... More


The Last Gasp

Scott Christianson

in The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520255623
eISBN:
9780520945616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255623.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The last gasp of the American gas chamber came in 1999 in Florence, Arizona. Ironically, and fittingly some might think, the case involved the United States and Germany. Two brothers, Walter and Karl ... More


Perfect Execution: Abolitionism and the Paradox of Lethal Injection

Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn

in The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter examines the paradoxical nature of the lethal injection by focusing on the Supreme Court case Baze v. Rees, which affirmed the constitutionality of Kentucky's execution protocols. It ... More


The Death Penalty in Reality: The Process of Execution and the Death Row Experience

Roger Hood and Carolyn Hoyle

in The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199228478
eISBN:
9780191696329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228478.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter examines the processes of implementing capital punishment; the modes of execution — paying particular attention to the current controversy over whether lethal injection can amount to ... More


Other American Execution Methods

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

in Imprisoned by the Past: Warren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199967933
eISBN:
9780190225612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.003.0017
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter discusses the history of other execution methods used in the United States in modern times besides the electric chair, including hanging, the gas chamber, firing squads, and lethal ... More


On Pain of Death: The ‘Grotesque Sovereignty’ of the US Death Penalty

Lisa Guenther

in The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474400046
eISBN:
9781474422178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400046.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

On 16 January 2014, Ohio prisoner Dennis McGuire was put to death with an untested mixture of lethal injection drugs. According to witnesses, McGuire gasped, snorted and appeared to struggle for air ... More


Blinded by Science on the Road to Abolition?

Simon A. Cole and Jay D. Aronson

in The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter examines the role of science in arguments calling for the abolition of the death penalty. It discusses three important milestones of the recent abolitionist struggle in which the ... More


Toxic Tinkering

George J. Annas

in Worst Case Bioethics: Death, Disaster, and Public Health

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195391732
eISBN:
9780190267650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391732.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines a case of Supreme Court-approved physician drug use: execution by lethal injection. In the United States, a recurring question has been whether particular methods of execution ... More


Making Death a Penalty: Or, Making “Good” Death a “Good” Penalty

Kelly Oliver

in Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823265299
eISBN:
9780823266685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265299.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines the issue of consciousness as it relates to death and the death penalty. It argues that the Supreme Court's justification for the three-drug protocol, along with recent attempts ... More


Neurointerventions and Physician Participation

Jesper Ryberg

in Neurointerventions, Crime, and Punishment: Ethical Considerations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190846428
eISBN:
9780190846459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190846428.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter takes up an issue that more narrowly relates to the question who should administer the use of neurointerventions if such treatment were to be put into practice. That such treatment would ... More


Introduction: Toward and Beyond the Abolition of Capital Punishment

Charles J. Ogletree and Austin Sarat

in The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This book investigates the profound shift in attitudes toward capital punishment in the United States and the emergence of a new abolitionist politics. Drawing on the perspectives of distinguished ... More


Deadly Devices: Animals, Capital Punishment, and the Scope of Sovereignty

Kelly Oliver

in Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251087
eISBN:
9780823253036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Turning to capital punishment exercised on animals, along with Thomas Edison's experimentation on animals that led to the invention of the electric chair, I develop an alternative genealogy of man's ... More


The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Charles J. Jr. Ogletree and Austin Sarat (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

At the start of the twenty-first century, America is in the midst of a profound national reconsideration of the death penalty. There has been a dramatic decline in the number of people being ... More


Death Penalties: Ethics, Politics, and the Unconscious of Sovereignty

Kelly Oliver

in Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251087
eISBN:
9780823253036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

I address the tense relationship between ethics and politics by looking at the case of Troy Davis, an allegedly innocent black man executed in Georgia in September 2011. I begin by analyzing the ways ... More


Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure

Jody Lyneé Madeira

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814796108
eISBN:
9780814724545
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814796108.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a two-ton truck bomb that felled the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. On June 11, 2001, an unprecedented 242 ... More


Abortion

George J. Annas

in Worst Case Bioethics: Death, Disaster, and Public Health

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195391732
eISBN:
9780190267650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391732.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines how politics overwhelms medicine and bioethics in the area of partial-birth abortion. More specifically, it considers why the Supreme Court instructs physicians how to kill ... More


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