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Gas Chamber Found Unconstitutional by The court of appeals for the ninth circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that held the California gas chamber was an unconstitutional form of execution that violated the eighth amendment. In the November, 1995 issue of PLN we reported Fierro v. Gomez, 790 F. Supp. ...
Exposure to Fumes Violates 8th Amendment by The court of appeals for the ninth circuit has held that it violates the eighth amendment to expose a prisoner to noxious fumes while he is locked in his cell. The court also discussed the application of qualified immunity in such cases. Steven ...
Lethal Gas Execution Cruel and Unusual by Dale Gardner Derek Humphry, President of the Hemlock Society, and Judge Marilyn Hall Patel have differing views on the virtues of inhaling lethal gas. Humphry, in his how-to-suicide-it manual Final Exit, recommends the use of potassium cyanide as a quick and "humane", although ...
Article • December 15, 1993 • from PLN December, 1993
Lead Poisoning by Ronald Wren by Ronald Ronniel Wren There is no proper way to explain how vital "lead poisoning" is without causing alarm. I am writing this in the hopes that prisoner advocates will step forward and explore the lead poisoning problem in the institutions in which they are ...
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