Ty Alper

Ty Alper Expects Challenges to Lethal Injection Drug

The Associated Press, January 28, 2011 by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Greg Bluestein, and Thomas Watkins

“You can’t just switch pentobarbital for sodium thiopental and proceed as if nothing has changed,” said Ty Alper, the associate director of the death penalty clinic at the University of California-Berkeley. “There’s likely to be litigation and courts will have to satisfy themselves that it will result in a humane execution.”

Ty Alper Denounces Oklahoma’s Lethal Injection Drug

The Oklahoman, December 4, 2010 by Ty Alper

The Humane Society of the United States also condemns the use of paralyzing drugs in animal euthanasia. The foreword to its training manual states that it is the “moral and ethical duty” of its members to end the practice…. Yet a paralytic drug is used to execute people in Oklahoma, and all but two other death penalty states.

Ty Alper Says Animal Euthanasia More Humane than Lethal Injection

The Daily Beast, November 13, 2010 by Ben Crair

The three-drug formula, Alper writes, is “less reliable, and therefore less humane, than the method used to euthanize animals….” The irony of it all, as Alper points out, is that we developed the three-drug protocol in the first place because we feared a one-drug method would appear as though we were treating people no better than animals. Thirty years later, the opposite turns out to be true.

Ty Alper and Elisabeth Semel Discuss Award-Winning Paper on Executions

The Daily Californian, November 4, 2010 by Katie Bender

Ty Alper will be receiving an award for writing the best article of the year within the Journal of Medical Regulation…. “What interested me in this issue is that courts were saying without any basis that doctors cannot participate,” said Alper…. “If the presence of doctors is necessary to ensure that the execution is not excruciatingly painful, then I would support the presence of doctors to make sure that the execution is humane and constitutional,” he said.

Death Penalty Clinic Director Elisabeth Semel said … Alper’s study shows “how often the three-drug execution procedure can go wrong and result in an execution that violates the Eighth Amendment” as well as “how and why the frequency of botched executions is far greater than the public and the courts understood.”

Ty Alper Questions Use of Overseas Lethal Injection Drugs

-The Associated Press, October 26, 2010 by Amanda Lee Myers and Andrew Welsh-Huggins

The issue will come down to whether an overseas version of sodium thiopental would be equivalent to what the FDA has approved here, said Ty Alper, associate director of the death penalty clinic at the University of California-Berkeley.

-The New York Times, October 27, 2010 by John Schwartz

Ty Alper, the associate director of the death penalty clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, said that the Supreme Court’s decision did not end the story, arguing that “it explicitly leaves the door open for a challenge in a case where petitioners can show that the drug was unlawfully obtained.”

Ty Alper Calls for Humane Lethal Injection Procedures

-The Washington Post, May 2, 2010 by Rob Stein

“If I were lying there on the gurney and someone was administering a paralyzing drug … I would want someone there who knew what they were doing,” said Ty Alper, associate director of the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law. “Just like if I was getting surgery—I wouldn’t want a prison guard administering the anesthesia.”

-KTVU, May 4, 2010 by KTVU.com

“I think it’s possible to conduct lethal injections in a way that is humane. I don’t think that the three drug formula that most states use, that California uses, is likely to lead to safe, humane executions,” said UC Berkeley Death Penalty Clinic Associate Director Ty Alper.

Ty Alper Releases New Study on Doctors’ Participation in State Executions

American Medical News, February 22, 2010 by Kevin B. O’Reilly

“There is this perception that many people, including judges, have that because of the AMA ethical code, doctors can’t participate and won’t participate in executions when the reality—and we’ve learned this through the legal cases that have been brought—is that doctors do participate and are willing to participate,” said Ty Alper.