Botched execution signals end of the death era

What you need to know:

  • Europeans, who once guillotined people in public squares, have banned the death penalty and disapprove America’s determination to carry it out. They are exporting their values by making it difficult to use European pharmaceuticals in American death houses.

On Tuesday evening, a man who was sentenced to death after committing murder in Oklahoma was injected with a lethal drug mixture. It was the first time the drug was being used in an execution.

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