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State’s Witness in Favor of Execution Protocols Steps Down

The expert witness who testified on behalf of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) will no longer be defending problematic drug protocols used in executions.

A press release in April by ODRC implied the witness, Dr. Mark Dershwitz, played a role in developing the State’s current protocol. Because the American Board of Anesthesiology prohibits its members from participating in lethal injection, the announcement forced the licensed anesthesiologist to step down from his role as expert witness.

Dr. Dershwitz testified for 21 other states besides Ohio.

Via New Republic.

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