Federal Judge Says Firing Squad Makes More Sense than Lethal Injection

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In Oklahoma, Ohio and, most recently, Arizona, executioners have botched the administration of lethal injections, creating spectacles of agony that some people call “torture.” “Using drugs… to carry out executions is a misguided effort,” according to the Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a recent opinion, Judge Alex Kozinski wrote that, “If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face that the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.” Judge Kozinski joins us.

Credits

Guest:
Alex Kozinski - Chief Judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Sonya Geis