Anomalies: Ritual and Language in Lethal Injection Regulations (2008)
Leigh Buchanan Bienen
Northwestern University School of Law
Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4, 2008
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 08-14
The state lethal injection protocols do not regulate lethal injections, but instead describe hypothetical rituals meant to reassure the reader - whomever that might be - that a controlled and orderly process, in accordance with the rule of law, will take place. The protocols are public relations documents, not legitimate legal regulations. Their status of 'non-legal' documents, provisions without legal authority is evident from the fact that they apparently are not governed by state administrative procedure acts.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: lethal injection protocols, execution rituals, administrative procedure, procedure as ritual, death penalty, cruel and unusual
JEL Classification: K14, K42
Date posted: April 9, 2008 ; Last revised: June 21, 2008
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