Q & A
14. What evidence supports the assertion that execution team members are often unqualified to carry out executions because, for example, they are improperly screened for the assignment, lack training, and are unfamiliar with the protocols and the risks involved in lethal injection?
15. What evidence supports the assertion that the physical conditions under which lethal injection executions are carried out often create a foreseeable risk that the inmate will be conscious during the delivery of the second and third drugs?
18. If states have been using lethal injection for decades, why did it take so long for the courts and the public to learn about the foreseeable risk that inmates will experience excruciating pain during lethal injection execution?
* Unless otherwise indicated, all citations to Brief for Petitioners and to amicus curiae briefs refer to filings in Baze v. Rees, No. 07-5439.
Updated: September 3, 2009