Experts Urge 1-Drug Lethal Injection

    The death chamber is seen through the steel bars from the viewing room at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas in this September 29, 2010 handout. Texas is set to execute on March 19, 2014, Ray Jasper, an aspiring rap musician who was convicted of slitting the throat and stabbing to death a music studio owner in San Antonio so that he could rob him of equipment. The state, which executes more people than any other in the United States, plans to execute Jasper, 33, at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) by lethal injection at its death chamber in Huntsville. Picture taken September 29, 2010. REUTERS/Jenevieve Robbins/Texas Dept of Criminal Justice/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ENTERTAINMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3HRGI

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    A panel reviewing capital punishment in the U.S. is urging states to ditch the commonly used three-drug cocktail used in lethal injection. On Wednesday, the Constitution Project-organized panel released its report, “Irreversible Error" and denounced the multi-drug method for carrying the risk of causing unnecessary pain and suffering. Instead, the panel urged states to use a single dose of anesthetic or barbiturate to kill. The report also highlighted states’ differing adherence to the 2002 Supreme Court ruling that people who are intellectually disabled be exempt from the death penalty. Finally, the report recommended states analyze execution data for racial disparities in capital punishment, a concern recently raised by President Obama.

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