I\’m against the death penalty but

This is ludicrous:

As Georgia struggles to find new sources of pentobarbital or alternatives, death penalty abolitionists will be watching closely for any signs that they are turning to compounding pharmacies to make up the drugs for them. In October, South Dakota executed Eric Robert using a batch of pentobarbital that it had obtained from a local pharmacy.

Tests that were done on the batch showed that it was contaminated with fungus, in an echo of the 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis that was tracked down to a compounding centre in Massachusetts.

I don\’t think that complaining that a corpse might get a fungal infection is really going to work you know.

4 comments on “I\’m against the death penalty but

  1. Well, I’d assume they were planning to challenge on the basis that – if strict controls not followed – the stuff’s efficiency would be compromised and not work so well.

    To which, well, let ‘em do what anyone else does when drugs don’t work as promised. File a complaint. From the grave.

    :)

  2. The case arises because there’s masses of legal precedent in the US banning the authorities from issuing prisoners with adulterated drugs, giving them rotten food, applying corporal punishment, and so on.

    Once you get rid of the mediaeval dungeon principle where a tyrant can do whatever the fuck he likes to his prisoners, this is the inevitable result. Any notion of “duty of care” rather than “here is a dungeon, if you’re lucky you might be alive in 12 months time when your sentence ends” leads us here.

    The other possible answer, I suppose, would be to say that the duty of care ends once a death sentence is passed, and that death row prisoners can be treated like mediaeval dungeon inmates. I’m not sure the effects of this on the rest of the prison system would be particularly appealing.

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