Curt Hagman The assemblyman says legislation he introduced could have prevented a legal challenge to the new procedures to California's lethal injection protocol. Hagman's proposed bill was rejected in April.
By: Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Assemblyman Curt Hagman says a bill he introduced earlier this year could have prevented a legal challenge this week to new execution procedures.
The California Office of Administrative Law on Friday approved new lethal injection protocols ordered by a federal judge. According to a Department of Corrections report on the new procedures, the revisions to California's lethal injection protocol will result in the "dignified end of life" for condemned inmates.
On Monday, attorneys for death row inmate Mitchell Sims, who was convicted of killing a pizza deliveryman in 1985 in Glendale, filed a lawsuit claiming the revised procedures are unlawful and painful.