When judges schedule a lethal injection for a terminally ill prisoner whose struggle against lymphatic cancer and extensive medical history has left him without any easily accessible veins, our law descends into a ghoulish inferno. It is a place where our most august jurists ruminate over catheter gauges and needle sizes, and ponder whether to slice deep into the groin or puncture internal jugular veins. History will not judge us favorably.
"The Ghoulish Pursuit of Executing a Terminally Ill Inmate" is from the December 20, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Bernard E. Harcourt and narrated by Kristi Burns.