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Georgia Executes Oldest Death Row Inmate
The U.S. State of Georgia last night executed 72 year old Brandon Astor Jones, the oldest person on death row in the State. Mr Jones had served 36 years in prison.
In March 2013, Georgia passed a sweeping secrecy law enabling it to keep the source and composition of its lethal-injection drugs as a state secret.
Commenting on the execution, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve's Death Penalty Team, said:
"After spending 36 years on death row Brandon Astor Jones, a 72 year old man, was put to death using unapproved medicines mixed by a secret supplier.
"No responsible pharmaceutical firm was willing to sell medicines to Georgia for use in executions, so the state asked a compounder to mix up the drugs, despite significant concerns over the quality of the medicines made by the compounder, which had previously been found to be contaminated with “white chunks”.
"Instead of questioning its approach in light of previous errors, the state has hidden its source behind a sweeping secrecy statute, increasing the risk of brutal and botched executions".
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