Lethal Solution

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Vivian White and published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC This World series in 2008 - English narration

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This World reports on judicial execution by lethal injection. It travels across the US to meet prisoners on death row, their families, doctors, lawyers and the judge in a key case. The Supreme Court is now considering whether the lethal injection - devised to be humane and painless - infringes the civil rights of condemned criminals, under the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution which bans "cruel and unusual" punishment. Meanwhile men on Death Row in many states across the US await the outcome which will decide their fate. Reporter Vivian White journeys across the US exploring truly dark territory - the execution chambers where judicial executions by lethal injection are usually carried out. He meets men on death row, the family of a man whose execution lasted 34 minutes, and a lawyer who witnessed this event and remembers it still. He speaks to the judge in California who ruled that medically qualified people should be present as witnesses to ensure a humane death, only to have two doctors walk out of the execution chamber when they realised they might have to assist in the killing. And he talks to the doctor who actually invented the system.

Broadcasted on 18 March 2008, 1900 GMT on BBC Two

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  • File Name: This World - Lethal Solution.avi
  • Video Codec: XVID
  • Video Bitrate: 966 kb/s
  • Video Resolution: 640x352
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  • Audio Codec: MP3
  • Audio BitRate: 133 kb/s VBR
  • Audio Sample Rate 48000 Hz
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  • Audio Channels: 2
  • RunTime: 49:04.400
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