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The purple moon suit and Florida's 'gruesome execution theater'

Protesters before the state killed the killer Robert Waterhouse.

Associated Press

Protesters before the state killed the killer Robert Waterhouse.



A little late on this but I read it just yesterday and wasn't quite sure what to do with it so I'll just go ahead and pass it along for your consumption.

Earlier this year, the Florida Supreme Court ordered a hearing in which Florida DOC officials explained what precautions they take to ensure that inmates experience "a humane and dignified death." But instead of discussing why and how the state chose what drugs it uses, the hearing was a farcical discussion of minutia. As A.P. journalist Tamara Lush reported, DOC Assistant Secretary Timothy Cannon testified that DOC officials had come up with a new way of performing a "consciousness check" on a prisoner. In his capacity as the execution "team leader," Cannon testified that whereas he previously used what he called a "shake and shout"—grabbing an inmate's shoulders and yelling his name—he now relies on the more subtle "trapezoid pinch,"or squeezing the flesh between a prisoner's neck and shoulder.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:05pm]


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