Intent on moving forward with scheduled executions at any price, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said this week he would resort to the gas chamber while other methods are tied up in court battle.
Koster’s comments are the latest move to push forward executions, as
litigation over the humanity of lethal injections using the anesthetic
propofol continues. Koster dismissed concerns over the cruelty of
reviving the gas chamber in an exchange with The Associated Press,
saying, “The premeditated murder of an innocent Missourian is cruel and
unusual punishment. The lawful implementation of the death penalty,
following a fair and reasoned jury trial, is not.”
Missouri stopped using the gas chamber in 1965 and shut down its last
prison containing a gas chamber decades ago, according to AP.
California’s use of the gas chamber was deemed cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment by one federal appeals court in 1996.