The State Corrections Department is under judicial pressure to clean up its execution procedures. Federal Judge Fernando Gaitan has given Corrections Director Larry Crawford and his employees a laundry list of things to change before the state can execute anyone again. Crawford says Gaitan is not banning executions forever – he’s just saying the state must change its procedures to make sure qualified people are in charge of the process and that the procedures are done in a way that the condemned does not feel unconstitutional levels of pain. The judge also does not want a dyslexic surgeon to be mixing the drugs anymore. Furthermore, the judge demands a board certified anesthetist mix the drugs and either administer them or personally supervise the people who do. Crawford admits there will be what he calls “a level of difficulty” in finding a qualified anesthetist, but he is not sure if the difficulty will become an improbability. At this point, in fact, he’s not even sure how the Department will go about recruiting a certified anesthetist. The Department has 18 days to do the things Gaitan wants. Even if it does, there’s no guarantee court appeals of the procedure will be ended.
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