That's the title of a U.S. News & World Report article, subtitled, "Almost everyone acknowledges there’s a problem, but there’s little agreement on a solution." It's by Tierney Sneed.
Within this quagmire, death penalty experts fear there is a lack of political will to address the increasingly apparent trouble lethal injection is presenting state executioners.
“It’s a mistake to conflate the criticisms with lethal injection with the death penalty itself,” says Deborah Denno, a Fordham University law school professor who has been studying lethal injection protocols for more than two decades. “Conflating the two has always been a problem on both sides.”
There have been issues with lethal injection since it first came into use in 1982. According to Amherst College’s Austin Sarat – author of the book “Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty,” which surveyed every U.S. execution from 1890 to 2010 – about 3 percent of all executions were botched in that period, while the error rate of lethal injections surveyed was about 7 percent. His study did not include the most recent spate of troublesome procedures, which this year included another Oklahoma execution as well as one in Ohio.
Earlier coverage of Arizona's botched execution begins at the link. Related posts are in the botch category index.