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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

MO death penalty: A dyslexic executioner?

The drug-administering doctor in this case said he's dyslexic, but that didn't affect his work as a surgeon - just the dosages he gave condemned inmates. Huh?

In Missouri, concerns halt executions
A federal judge Monday ordered a halt to all executions in Missouri until the department of corrections can repair what he found to be a flawed lethal injection procedure.
Ruling in the case of Michael A. Taylor, who earlier this year came within hours of being executed for the 1989 killing of a Kansas City teenager, U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections to submit a written lethal injection protocol to him by July 15.
Eric Berger, part of the legal team representing Taylor, called the decision a “huge victory for Michael Taylor.”
Taylor, now 39, was convicted of raping and killing 15-year-old Ann Harrison after she was kidnapped while waiting for the school bus in front of her house.

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