European ban on exporting lethal drugs forces US executioners to improvise

  • Article by: JUERGEN BAETZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 18, 2014 - 1:20 PM

BRUSSELS — There's one big reason the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won't allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment.

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localguyFeb. 18, 14 7:44 AM

I used to be a total death penalty opponenent until I discussed the topic with my brother, a career police officer. He mostly opposes the death penalty, but makes an exception for inmates who kill fellow inmates or corrections officers. Even in solitary confinement, they are likely to kill again. I found his arguement to be persuasive and now oppose the death penalty with his exception.

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RankenFyleFeb. 18, 14 7:45 AM

Amazing how so much of the world has banned the death penalty while we continue to cling to old testament frontier justice. We may have the best framework for democratic government but our civil immaturity is retarding our growth as leaders on the issues of human welfare.

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turgidFeb. 18, 14 7:47 AM

I think states that employ executions should have a lottery to decide who puts the convicted person to death - with no exceptions. As soon as your average citizen realized they might personally have to throw the switch, capital punishment would be abolished within the year.

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celtman1Feb. 18, 14 1:33 PM

turgid: Or, people would be lining up to volunteer to be put at the top of the list. Like, oh, say the victims/families/friends of murder, rape, child rape/molestation, serial killers, kidnappers of minors, terrorists, on & on. Probably includes a lot of people, huh?

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