It’s not up for debate in Massachusetts, since the death penalty was declared unconstitutional in 1982, but discussions about capital punishment are taking place across the nation.
Central to that dialogue is the execution of Dennis McGuire in Ohio. The convicted murderer was the first American inmate put to death using a new combination of lethal drugs. His family is now suing the state, calling the effects of the injection “cruel and unusual.”
- Dr. David Waisel is an anesthesiologist at Boston Children's Hospital and served as an expert witness on lethal injection in the Dennis McGuire case.