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  1. Death as a Penalty and the Fantasy of Instant Death.Kelly Oliver - 2016 - Law and Critique 27 (2):137-149.
    In this essay I take up the question of how death can be a penalty, given that each of us will eventually die. I argue that capital punishment in the United States rests on contradictory demands for painless death delivered humanely through pharmaceuticals and yet denies the accused the possibility of natural death. The death penalty must be at once humane and punishing. Analyzing what we mean by ‘botched’ executions, along with the language of the Supreme Court in upholding lethal (...)
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