Opinion: More Transparency Needed on Lethal Injection Drugs

The sharpest battles over capital punishment today are being fought over the identity of the drugs used, how they are manufactured and obtained, and the obligations state officials have to share that information, Andrew Cohen writes in The Atlantic. Cohen cites cases in Georgia, Missouri and Texas where limited information was available about lethal injection drugs, and Ohio, where the accused "struggled, made guttural noises, gasped for air and choked for about 10 minutes before succumbing to a new, two-drug execution method" earlier this month. He also reviews recent court decisions related to the issue, and is critical of some judge's  "complete abdication of the judiciary's role to ensure that capital punishment is neither arbitrary nor capricious.”

The Nashville Scene looks at the same issue, while the Associated Press reviews a growing interest among some to return to "old fashioned" executions.