Missouri Surgeon Won't be Used in Future Executions

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Tuesday, May 01 2007 May 1, 2007 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 3:15:42 PM CDT May 01, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri says it will not continue using the services of a dyslexic surgeon to oversee any future executions. Doctor Alan Doerhoff of Jefferson City came under criticism in the last year over disclosures that he occasionally altered the amount of anesthetic given to condemned prisoners. Attorney General Jay Nixon informed an appeals court considering the state's lethal injection procedures of the decision in an April 17th letter. As recently as January, court documents and legal arguments suggested the state hadn't ruled out using him for future executions. It's uncertain whether the statement is legally binding. Attorneys for condemned inmate Michael Taylor say Doerhoff's departure, "does not resolve the numerous, severe problems afflicting the execution procedure."

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