Death Penalty Open Thread

Wedding Crashers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Joel Pett)

In other news, David Wildstein will reportedly plead guilty to charges stemming from the Bridgegate scandal involving the politically-motivated closure of the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the "expert" hired by the state of Oklahoma to testify in front of the Supreme Court today in favor of lethal injection is not really much of an expert but he did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

According to his curriculum vitae, which he submitted as part of his testimony, the last time [Dr. Roswell Lee Evans] published a paper related to his pharmacology research was in 1996. Moreover, his 300-page expert witness report included more than 150 pages of printouts from drugs.com, an online consumer website whose disclaimer reads, “not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.”

For more on today's Supreme Court debate on execution, I recommend Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress.

  • neoconstantine

    Dr. Roswell Lee Evans is a great name for a serial killer in a 60’s film noir set in Texas.

  • fry1laurie

    Not an expert on lethal drugs? Talking to a court which seems at times not to be experts at Law.

  • bphoon

    Meanwhile, the “expert” hired by the state of Oklahoma to testify in
    front of the Supreme Court today in favor of lethal injection is not really much of an expert

    This is exactly the kind of person I’d expect Oklahoma to prop up in front of the SCOTUS to defend one more of their despicable policies. Government officials there, imho, are too stupid to distinguish between an expert and a doofus so they choose someone too stupid to actually be an expert! But, of course, he has “Dr.” in front of his name so he must be an expert, right?