In the good ol’ days before she was a state, executions in Colorado required only a hangman and a tree. The hangman got 5 bucks, but he was expected to provide his own rope. Later, when Edison and Tesla went to war over AC/DC, Colorado sided with Tesla – who after all, lived in Colorado Springs – and opted to carry out their death sentences via the room with a view – the gas chamber. Other states, such as Florida and New York, preferred microwaving their felons in Gruesome Gerty – the electric chair.
After the moratorium was lifted, in the 1980s, it was felt that both frying them like bacon, or searing their lungs with sodium cyanide seemed a bit… well… macabre. America finally settled on lethal injection.
Now, Colorado’s preparing for her first execution in 15 years. The problem is, they don’t have enough sodium pentothal to pull it off. So, they’re asking the state’s compounding pharmacists to make them up a batch. Sounds simple enough, but the pharmacists don’t want to. It’s that old do no harm chestnut.
The Denver Post has the rest of this story.
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