You mean, he’s still alive?
An American prisoner in Georgia was executed with British drugs despite testimony from defence lawyers and a medical expert that one of the chemicals might have been ineffective and beyond its shelf life.It seems to have been pretty effective to me…
In a series of last-minute appeals, lawyers for Mr Hammond presented evidence from Dr Mark Heath, a clinical anaesthesiologist at Columbia University Medical Centre, who said evidence from a previous execution of a Georgia prisoner suggested Dream Pharma's sodium thiopental may not have worked properly.And the reason for thinking this is..?
Brandon Rhode was executed using Dream Pharma's sodium thiopental on 27 September 2010. During the execution, numerous reporters and witnesses noticed that his eyes remained open throughout the procedure, an event Dr Heath described as "highly atypical" as the drug normally ensures an executed inmate's eyes remain closed.They’re closed now, aren’t they?
So, did the same thing happen to…
It is not yet known whether Hammond, who spent 23 years on death row for murder, showed similar symptoms during his execution.Not that that’ll stop ubiquitous bandwagon-jumper Stafford-Smith from whinging to the press…
Reprieve, a British group that campaigns against the death penalty, said the Government should have done more to make sure British drugs were not used in executions.
"It is shocking that Britain has allowed a fly-by-night company in the back of a driving academy to export these drugs," said Clive Stafford-Smith, Reprieve's director. "The British Government must initiate an immediate inquiry into how this can happen."Sorry, chum. Cutbacks, doncherknow?