Georgia’s death penalty: secrecy and contradictions abound

The Corrections official instructs the doctor to prescribe the lethal injection drug for the “patient.”

So the doctor writes down what’s needed for a typical prescription: the condemned inmate’s death_sentence_1name, date of birth, Social Security number and address, court records show. But the prescription also includes these instructions: “Administer as ordered per execution order.”

“I don’t see how this can be a valid prescription,” said Megan McCracken, an attorney with the University of California-Berkeley Death Penalty Clinic and an expert on lethal-injection law. “There’s no doctor-patient relationship and the doctor is not caring for their health. This doesn’t even begin to speak to the ethics of the doctor’s actions.”

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