Execution by Nitrogen Hypoxia: The Search for Scientific Consensus

35 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2018  

Kevin Morrow

Independent

Date Written: August 24, 2018

Abstract

With the declining ability to use lethal injection in executions, states are beginning to take serious consideration of using nitrogen gas in capital punishment. The article first examines the recent shift away from lethal injection and whether nitrogen hypoxia will survive under current legal jurisprudence. Next, the article identifies human studies on accidental deaths from nitrogen. Third, the article examines the recent rise in nitrogen use in suicides and by right to die advocates. Finally, the article compares the use of nitrogen as an execution method with its use as a euthanizing agent in veterinary medicine.

Keywords: nitrogen, death penalty, executions, euthanasia, Bucklew v. Precythe

Suggested Citation

Morrow, Kevin, Execution by Nitrogen Hypoxia: The Search for Scientific Consensus (August 24, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3237947 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3237947

Kevin Morrow (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

Phoenix, AZ

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