Cruel and Unusual?

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Last week's execution of an Ohio inmate was called "torture" by the man's daughter. He gasped for air and took an unusually long time to die. The ACLU says that's reason enough to suspend executions until we know Ohio's new two-drug lethal injection method preserves an inmate's constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Others say inmates have no right to a pain-free death. We'll discuss it tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

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Alan Johnson--Columbus Dispatch Reporter
Michael Benza, Senior Instructor of Law , CWRU
Mike Brickner, ACLU Director of Communications and Public Policy
Meghan J. Ryan, law professor, Southern Methodist University
Binit Shah, MD, psychiatrist and pain management specialist, Columbus

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