JURIST Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh
Serious law. Primary sources. Global perspective.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Florida governor suspends all executions after botched lethal injection
Jeannie Shawl at 4:46 PM ET

[JURIST] Florida Governor Jeb Bush [official website] suspended all executions in the state Friday after a medical examiner said that the execution of Angel Diaz [Amnesty profile] earlier this week was botched. Diaz endured a 34-minute-long execution and medical examiner Dr. William Hamilton said Friday that preliminary autopsy results showed that a second injection was required in the execution because needles were improperly inserted into the flesh of Diaz's arm during the first injection. Hamilton did not specify whether he believed Diaz suffered a painful death. Bush appointed a commission to study Florida's lethal injections procedures [PDF text] and the governor halted the signing of death warrants until the commission submits its report.

After the botched execution Wednesday, death penalty [JURIST news archive] critics filed an emergency petition [PDF text] with the Florida Supreme Court seeking to once again halt the death penalty in the state. Petitioners, including numerous people currently on Florida's death row roster [text], asked the court to exercise its All Writs jurisdiction and declare that the state's lethal injections procedures violate the Eighth Amendment [text] of the US Constitution. AP has more.

Link |  | print | subscribe | RSS feeds | latest newscast | Facebook page

For more legal news check the Paper Chase Archive...


 Federal Judge declares DC gun law unconstitutional
3:20 PM ET, July 27

 European Court exposes illegal detention facilities linked to CIA's extraordinary rendition program in Poland
3:11 PM ET, July 27

 US appeals court sets date for oral arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin
12:04 PM ET, July 26

 click for more...

Get JURIST legal news delivered daily to your e-mail!


Unprecedented Notice of Warrantless Wiretapping in a Closed Case
Ramzi Kassem
CUNY School of Law


Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.


Paper Chase welcomes comments, tips and URLs from readers. E-mail us at JURIST@jurist.org