Florida execution using pentobarbital goes ahead despite protests

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 30 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6317
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A man who spent 33 years on death row in Florida for killing a policeman has been executed despite a petition filed with the Florida courts by a British neurologist and pleas to the governor from the Danish drug firm whose pentobarbital was used.

David Nicholl, a consultant neurologist at City Hospital, Birmingham, filed the petition at the Florida Supreme Court to try to stop Manuel Valle’s execution going ahead.

The Danish company Lundbeck wrote to Florida …

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