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Debate Rages On Over Georgia's Lethal Injection Secrecy Act

The Takeaway on August 01, 2013 17:58

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    Is a pharmacist who prepares such chemicals the same as an executioner? Should they be shielded from the moral and political debate over the death penalty?
    That question has already delayed one execution.
    Warren Lee Hill has been on death row in Georgia since 1991 for murdering his prison cell mate while serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend.
    But just hours before his scheduled execution earlier this month he was granted a stay. And that was just one of two stays he was granted in this month alone. Why? Because of questions around the lethal injection he’s to receive.
    Under a new Georgia state law called the “Lethal Injection Secrecy Act,” the names of pharmacies that manufacture the chemicals used in lethal injections are now kept secret from the public.
    Proponents of the law say it is there to protect the pharmaceutical manufacturers from protests and attacks. But at least one judge is questioning whether this new law is constitutional.
    Claire Simms, reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting, has been covering this story and fills us in on where the law currently stands.

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