Anesthesiologist violates ethics, joins Missouri's death team

Despite the medical profession's ethical guidelines against it, an anesthesiologist has joined the team that will carry out executions in Missouri.

The doctor’s presence on Missouri's execution team was revealed recently in a federal court case brought by several death row inmates concerning the qualifications and training of the people who would carry out death sentences.

With all the pieces of its execution team apparently in place, the state is now ready, after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus to once again execute condemned prisoners whenever the Missouri Supreme Court issues the order.

The Missouri Department of Corrections will not reveal the doctor's name or specific role on the team. The doctor's identity also will not be provided to the attorneys representing the death row inmates in the federal case, although they will be given information about licensure and qualifications.

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