November 21, 2013 7:06 AM

Debate over Missouri’s new execution drug doesn’t end with death

Joseph Paul Franklin’s execution Wednesdasy was the first time that pentobarbital had been deployed alone in a Missouri execution. Its debut was hasty, announced by the state only a month ago and tweaked again in recent days after other drugs were ruled out for varying reasons. His lawyers questioned whether the drug, created by a special pharmacy, would cause undue pain and suffering.

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