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Monday, September 27, 2010

Albert Brown To Be Executed Just Three Hours Before Drugs Expire

Posted By and on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

click to enlarge ARMIN KÜBELBECK
Armin Kübelbeck
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has delayed the lethal injection of Albert Brown to 9 p.m. Thursday night. That will give Schwarzenegger time to consider Brown's clemency case and let the appeals court weigh in. It's also just hours prior to when the prison's supply of the first of the three-drug lethal cocktail is set to expire.

Apparently, it's not just the pills in your medicine closet that pass their expiration dates. The lifetime on the state's supply of sodium thiopental, the anesthetic that renders the inmate unconscious before administering the lethal drugs, is ticking as well -- facing an Oct. 1 expiration date.

Anti-death penalty activists are now scrambling to postpone their rally outside San Quentin State Prison -- originally scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. tomorrow night -- to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

"It looks like an act of desperation to get to the execution before the drug expires," says Lance Lindsey, executive director of San Francisco-based Death Penalty Focus. "Doing it before the drug is set to expire is really bizarre."

Still the delay raises his hopes that there might be additional consideration of staying Brown's execution. "We're always happy when the state isn't in the killing business. But we have to wait and see how this ends up. Its certainly shameful for Schwarzennegger and the Attorney General's office to conduct this in such a chaotic way."

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