I'm a Machine, Not a Doctor, Dammit!


The federal judge in North Carolina who halted a murderer's execution because of concerns that he might experience pain from the lethal injection if he was not properly knocked out has agreed to allow the use of a brain wave monitor that will verify the prisoner's unconsciousness. It looks like the state won't have to find a physician to directly oversee the execution after all. Although machines don't have moral qualms, "doctors at Aspect Medical Systems, which makes the device, have said they would not have sold one to the state if they had known its intended use."