Bernard E. Harcourt challenges constitutionality of lethal injection in Alabama death penalty case

last updated: February 23, 2018

Bernard E. Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, has represented death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm since 1990. This week, the Alabama Supreme Court set a February 2018 execution date for Hamm despite his battling terminal cancer for  more than three years. Treatment for the illness has compromised Hamm’s veins–Harcourt argues that lethal injection would likely cause “cruel and needless pain.”

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