Donald Grant and Gilbert Postel, both on death row in Oklahoma, seek court approval for execution by firing squad instead of lethal injection with three drugs. Their lawyers hope to delay the imminent executions until a trial can determine whether lethal injection was unconstitutional. If that is the ruling, lethal injection is permitted according to state law. From NBC News:
“As horrific as it may be, we can all agree it would be faster,” said attorney Jim Stronsky. [US District Judget Stephen] Friot after a day-long hearing in Oklahoma City[…]
Among the experts who testified was Dr. James Williams, an emergency medicine specialist from Texas who has more than 40,000 hours of experience in the emergency room and who has extensively studied the use of death squads.
Williams, who himself was the victim of a gunshot wound to the chest, testified that a firing squad that included at least four high-powered rifle rounds to a “heart pack” would be too fast for the inmate to feel pain. He also said that unlike with a lethal injection, there is a very small chance that the execution will take place.
In other news, we’re still executing people. Still. in 2022.
Photo: Execution of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, by Edouard Manet, 1868. (public domain)