USA: An embarrassment of hitches: Reflections on the death penalty, 35 years after Gregg v. Georgia, as states scramble for lethal injection drugs

USA: An embarrassment of hitches: Reflections on the death penalty, 35 years after Gregg v. Georgia, as states scramble for lethal injection drugs

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Index Number: AMR 51/058/2011
Date Published: 1 July 2011
Categories: USA

In this report – issued to mark the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Gregg v. Georgia ruling of 2 July 1976 and set against the backdrop of continuing litigation surrounding the lethal injection method of execution, Amnesty International offers some reflections on the USA’s death penalty as the organization continues its decades-long campaign for an end to the death penalty worldwide. In addition to this big picture, in recent years the killing end of the capital process has been under a spotlight cast by legal challenges to the three-drug lethal injection protocols used.


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