Kentucky governor signs death warrant despite medical association guidanceBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7479.1364-b (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1364
- Fred Charatan
A newly elected state governor, a doctor, has been criticised by a group of medical students for signing a prisoner's death warrant, because guidelines from the American Medical Association say that doctors should not actively take part in executions or do anything that “would directly cause the death of the condemned.” The case is causing a furore, partly because the governor is a doctor and partly because the prisoner is thought to have an IQ of only 74.
Republican governor Ernest Fletcher last month signed the death warrant of convicted murderer Thomas Bowling, aged 51. The execution …