Ty Alper

Ty Alper Remains Wary of Ohio’s One-Drug Execution Method

ABC News, December 7, 2009 by Arianna De Vogue and Dennis Powell

Alper still sees problems with the system. “Ohio still hasn’t solved the problem of IV access, and given Ohio’s difficulty in accessing inmates’ veins that remains a serious concern. Our main concern is that if they can’t establish IV access then they have to use the back up plan which is a complete unknown.”

Ty Alper Backs Revised Lethal Injection Procedure

-KPTM-TV Fox 42, November 16, 2009 by Meghan Youker

“I don’t think any state wanted to be the first to get rid of a practice that they’ve been clinging to for years, but now that Ohio has said we’re going to do this, we’re going to make executions more humane, I would hope that Nebraska officials would take a serious look at that and do the same,” Alper said.

-KETV Omaha, November 16, 2009 by Andrew Ozaki

“Six out of the last 11 people executed in California were likely awake and conscious as the excruciatingly painful potassium chloride entered their veins,” said Ty Alper.

-Omaha World-Herald, November 17, 2009 by Paul Hammel

“They’ve been sentenced to death. They weren’t sentenced to torture,” said Ty Alper, associate director of the Death Penalty Clinic.

-The Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 23, 2009 by Aaron Marshall

“I think this is something that is pretty well accepted,” he said. “It’s very similar to the way that animals are euthanized—there’s been a lot of testimony about it, and the effects of the anesthetic are pretty well known.”

Ty Alper Commends Ohio’s New One Drug Lethal Injection Procedure

-The New York Times, November 13, 2009 by Ian Urbina

“The hope is that other states will realize that there is no need to paralyze inmates before executing them,” he said, “and that, in fact, doing so risks a horribly torturous execution.”

-The Associated Press, November 14, 2009 by Julie Carr Smyth

“This is a significant step forward,” said Ty Alper, associate director of the Death Penalty Clinic…. “Paralyzing inmates before executing them — so we can’t tell whether they are suffering — is a barbaric practice, and Ohio should be commended for stopping it.”

-Toledo Blade, November 14, 2009 by Jim Provance

“Ohio had said that everything was on the table, and getting rid of the second two drugs is something that lawyers have recommended many times in other cases,” said Ty Alper.

-Delaware Online, November 15, 2009 by Andrew Welsh-Huggins

“If tomorrow every death-penalty state got rid of the second two drugs in their protocols, certainly the Eighth Amendment concerns would be significantly alleviated,” said Ty Alper.

Ty Alper Underscores Lawyers’ Obligation to Death Row Clients

The Daily Beast, October 28, 2009 by Ben Crair

“Though willing to use any legal means to stop their clients’ executions, these lawyers nevertheless have an additional obligation to seek a humane execution for their clients should that become an inevitability,” Alper wrote in his extensive look at the role of physicians in lethal injections.”

Ty Alper Believes Ohio’s Lethal Injection Mishap Could Happen in California

-Dayton Daily News, September 19, 2009 by Tom Beyerlein

Ty Alper, associate director of the Death Penalty Clinic … said, “I think what happened with Mr. Broom should give no one confidence in the process or the people. Mr. Broom had to help them. I mean, the whole thing is kind of ghoulish.”

-KTVU, September 23, 2009 by Rita Williams

“There’s no reason to think what happened in Ohio cannot happen in California. The lethal injection protocols that the state has proposed using in California have no provisions for what will happen, what prison officials are supposed to do, if they can’t obtain access to an inmate’s veins…. We should care because we have a constitution that requires that executions are humane.”

Ty Alper Condemns California’s Lethal Injection Procedures

San Jose Mercury News, June 27, 2009 by Ty Alper

Some Californians believe that inmates should suffer the same painful death that they inflicted on their victims. We cannot deny the grief and rage that accounts for these emotions, but the Constitution requires humane executions. It is time to abandon a drug that has been used to torture both people and animals, and has been rejected by veterinary and animal welfare communities for decades.

Ty Alper Clarifies Lethal Injection Controversy

Nurse.com, June 2, by Barbara Kirchheimer

“Nobody disputes that if the three-drug formula works to perfection, inmates should be completely anesthetized and deeply unconscious at the time they’re paralyzed and killed by the potassium chloride,” says Ty Alper…. “But by paralyzing the inmate, it’s hard for anyone except someone who’s highly trained to know about anesthetic depth, to know whether the inmate is truly unconscious or not, so we don’t know how many lethal injection executions have been terribly botched.”