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The Massachusetts Medical Society recently reversed its long-held opposition to physician-assisted suicide. A psychiatrist notes many physicians are painfully conflicted about participating.
The newly completed execution chamber at Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada.
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Nevada plans to use a new drug protocol for executing Scott Dozier, who murdered a 22-year-old. A scholar explains why this is problematic.
San Quinten State Prison lethal injection room.
In the US, nurses take part in executions by lethal injection. They justify their role by saying it makes executions 'safer'.
The execution chamber at Utah State Prison.
When drug companies refused to ship chemicals to the US for use in lethal injections it led to several botched executions, reopening the debate over the death penalty.
Gallows legacy. Albert Pierrepoint and the nature of the executioner.
50 years after the UK first experimented with removing the death penalty for murder, one name has become our bridge to the hangman's noose.
The death chamber at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.
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The search for clean and painless executions may have failed, raising questions about the constitutionality of capital punishment.
Abolished in New Mexico, but legally open in other states.
American exceptionalism on the death penalty is at it again, and this time we have truly outdone ourselves: we tortured someone to death. Last month, the Ohio execution of Denis McGuire using untested…
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Phil and Pam
Ever since the time of the guillotine, doctors have been at the centre of the death penalty. Joseph Guillotin, the physician who suggested the device be used in 18th-century France, was actually against…