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America’s Long and Gruesome History of Botched Executions

• Wired.com

After executioners initiated what was meant to be a lethal injection, Lockett began writhing and tried to rise from the table; he died of an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after the procedure began. But we should not be surprised.

For his new book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and Americas Death Penalty, Austin Sarat, a professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College researched the history of botched executions in the United States. And there have been plenty.

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