Complaint: inmate might be allergic to execution drug

by Walter Olson on April 16, 2010

A lawyer for a condemned Ohio prisoner says it could be illegal to execute him because he may be allergic to the anesthesia used in the lethal injection procedure. [AP/Columbus Dispatch via James Taranto, who has additional background]


1 BG 04.16.10 at 8:35 am

Makes one wonder what’s wrong with Ol’ Sparky. Time to dust him off.

2 Benjamin 04.16.10 at 9:01 am

Of more concern would be the allergic reaction to the lethal injection part.

I did write a short story about a lactose intolerant death row inmate enjoying a last meal of cheesecake thinking it wouldn’t matter. The conviction was reversed and the character was sick the first two days of freedom.

3 Soronel Haetir 04.16.10 at 10:21 am

Besides which, with the new protocol Ohio uses they could just use the backup from the beginning. Is he claiming to be allergic to both?

4 A.W. 04.16.10 at 11:23 am

gee, its almost like being a murderer is a bad idea.

Hey i am allergic to death, too.

5 nevins 04.18.10 at 10:14 am

As an anesthesiologist with many decades of experience with thiopental, I can assure you that there will be no reaction, allergic or otherwise, that would occur prior to the onset of death.

6 Richard Nieporent 04.18.10 at 11:27 am

I suppose execution by firing squad is out of the question. The EPA would accuse the prison of giving him lead poisoning.

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