Lethal injection, a subject of controversy in the U.S., was once expected to allay public squeamishness about the DEATH PENALTY.
The long-building public sentiment to get tough with violent criminals, to kill the killers, seems on the verge of putting the nation's 15 electric chairs, nine gas chambers, several gallows and ad hoc firing squads back to regular work. In addition, five states have a new and peculiarly American technique for killing, lethal anesthesia injections, which could increase public acceptance of executions ... For years, the capital-punishment debate has been sporadic and mainly intramural ... But now an old array of tough questions--practical, legal, moral, even metaphysical--is being examined. Is the death penalty an effective, much less a necessary, deterrent to murder? Is it fair? That is, does it fall equally on the wealthy white surgeon ... and the indigent black with court-appointed (and possibly perfunctory) counsel? Most fundamental, is it civilized to take a life in the name of justice? --TIME, Jan. 24, 1983
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