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January 17, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The children of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire, whose execution by lethal injection took longer and seemed to be more painful than expected, plans to sue Ohio to block further use of the protocol. The decision to sue was announced Friday at a news conference, said attorney Jon Paul Rion, who represents the children who witnessed Thursday's execution at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. The suit is expected to be filed next week in federal court, Rion said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
October 8, 1989
So the Senate has approved more money for the War on Drugs than the House, which has approved more money than President Bush proposed. And yet everyone agrees that the money won't do much at all to stop drug abuse. I suggest we do as we did in Vietnam: Let's declare a victory in the War on Drugs--in spite of the evidence to the contrary--and stop throwing our money away on a fight we can't win. BRENDA McGILL Oceanside
August 16, 1996
It seems that every time I turn around The Times has another naive editorial about drug use in the music industry. Now The Times is suggesting that health Nazis report any drug use by artists within the industry (Aug. 13). I would suggest that the laws regarding drugs make the drugs much more dangerous than they would be on their own. Your editorial policy adds one very loud voice in keeping the underworld afloat and ensuring that potency of drugs remains a deadly guessing game. Human nature has always sought relief from anguish and pain.
March 28, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
It's not often these days that we see some sanity in death-penalty cases, but judges in Oklahoma and Texas ruled Wednesday and Thursday that condemned prisoners in those states have a right to know what exactly they are going to be killed with. This will likely inflame death-penalty advocates, but these are good, constitutional decisions. The issue centers on the source of drugs to be used in executions. As the United States becomes more isolated from the world in its embrace of the death penalty, it has become harder for states to procure the drugs used in the different combinations to kill people.
November 22, 1993
It seems that the legalization of drugs is an idea whose time has come. This is most evident by the increased support of legalization by the right wing. However, it seems that some of the right wing have a hard time understanding the dynamics that make drug prohibition a fruitless endeavor. Take, for example, Column Right by Paul Craig Roberts ("Drug Laws Aid and Abet Crime Wave," Nov. 14). Though the headline clearly implies a column on the merits of drug legalization, the reader soon discovers that Roberts instead largely delivers a diatribe opposed to gun control.
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