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Alabama Gets Ready for Its Gas Execution Experiment

Alabama Gets Ready for Its Gas Execution Experiment

[ad_1] This past August, officials at William C. Holman Correctional Facility distributed copies of Alabama’s execution protocol to the 165 prisoners of death row. A signature from each man was required to confirm receipt of the protocol, which contained an entirely new section devoted to death by nitrogen hypoxia, a novel and untested execution method that the state intends to try this Thursday. The subject of the Alabama Department of Corrections’ experimentation will be Kenneth Eugene Smith, who survived an attempted execution by lethal injection in November 2022. Elizabeth Bruenig: Alabama’s history of violence Nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method is credited to a California screenwriter by the name of Stuart Creque (author of the science-fiction and horror films The Last Earth Girl, He Knows, and Memento Mori), who wrote a 1995 National Review article suggesting the technique for its humanity and simplicity. Creque followed up on his original essay in The Wall Street Journal last year, praising officials in Alabama for preparing to realize his proposal. “Nitrogen anoxia is painless,” Creque wrote, basing his …