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.”
La Opinion, December 6, 2010 by Claudia Nunez
“Unfortunately, politics plays an important role in the decision of some prosecutors to seek the death penalty,” said Ty Alper.
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.
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.
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.”
-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.”
The Daily Beast, October 14, 2010 by Ben Crair
Ty Alper of the Death Penalty Clinic at Berkeley says, “State and federal laws regarding transfer of drugs from one entity to another are there for a reason. The reason they’re there is to ensure the integrity of the drugs.”
KTVU, September 28, 2010 by Rob Roth
Fogel was ordered by ninth circuit court to reconsider his refusal to block the pending execution. He must now compare the state’s new lethal injection procedure with former practices. “What the 9th circuit was clearly concerned about was whether there is enough time to conduct a meaningful review in that short amount of time.”
-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.
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.