05/07/2014 11:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Drug Cocktail Used In Executions Is Too Painful To Use On Animals: Report


The drug cocktail used to execute an Oklahoma inmate who writhed on the gurney before eventually suffering a massive heart attack is deemed too painful to use on animals, according to a new report by The Constitution ProjectI'll.

Veterinarians in at least one state are barred from using a three-drug formula used on several inmates, including Clayton Lockett last week. Lockett, who was convicted in 2000 of murdering a 19-year-old woman, died almost two hours after the lethal injection drugs were administered.

The report recommends using a lethal dose of a single drug, either an anesthetic or barbiturate.

The paper's authors include both proponents and opponents of the death penalty -- judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors and police officers -- according to the Crime Report.

Other recommendations from the report include:

[R]ecommendations regarding the preservation, testing and presentation of forensic evidence; the creation of statutory remedies for wrongful convictions and the implementation of procedures for the systemic review to help avoid future errors; the videotaping of custodial interrogations – where practical – in order to avoid the documented problem of false and otherwise inaccurate confessions; the adoption of best practices for eyewitness identifications; [and] the effective implementation of prosecutors’ constitutional obligation to disclose exculpatory evidence.

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