There is a great deal of discussion today about the "botched execution" of convicted murderer Joseph Wood in Arizona last night.
The lethal injection should have killed Wood in 10 minutes took nearly two hours and left him struggling and grasping for breath. If the objective is to bring about death as quickly as possible then a cocktail of midazolam and hydromorphone sure isn't the way to do it. Indeed, there were concerns raised about the use of this cocktail when Wood's execution date was announced in May. These concerns were raised after the execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett went awry last April. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has launched an investigation into Wood's execution.