Ben Crair's searing exclusive for The New Republic exposes the injuries and the agony inflicted on one victim of America's taste for execution by lethal injection. The states that kill death row inmates by lethal injection adopted the procedure in an attempt to make execution clean and clinical. I don't believe judicial murder by the state deserves any higher moral status than plain murder, but if anyone ever imagined a cocktail of drugs makes the process less vile than hanging, shooting or the electric chair, this article might make them reconsider. Warning: the pictures are graphic.    

Photos from a botched lethal injection