Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond have this article for Reuters on states turning to other methods of execution as the supplies of lethal injection drugs dry up. Defense lawyers say they will challenge new methods. So? They are challenging the old methods. The article quotes me:
Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the nonprofit Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, which supports capital punishment, said death penalty critics had pressured drug companies into cutting off the supply of drugs, thereby causing problematic executions when states turn to inferior drugs.Mr. Ax evidently misunderstood me in the second paragraph. I said the states should turn to nitrogen if they can't get barbiturates such as pentobarbital, which is used by veterinarians every day for euthanasia. The part about veterinarians refers to the pentobarbital, not the nitrogen. Pentobarbital is the primary ingredient of Euthasol.
Scheidegger said he favors the use of nitrogen gas as an alternative if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, noting that it is used every day by veterinarians as a way of putting animals down painlessly.
"I don't think murderers deserve a painless death, frankly," Scheidegger said. "But as far as removing obstacles from getting these sentences carried out, I think that's the way to go.