Submitted by Sarah on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:11.
On July 23rd, an Arizona inmate was executed after several attempts to delay his execution. He and his lawyers were trying to discover the source and intended dosage of the drugs to be used in his execution procedure.
In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution should go forward, allowing the State of Arizona to keep information from the inmate and the public.
Ninety minutes after the procedure began, Joseph Wood was still alive, and, in the words of one witness, gasping "like a fish on shore gulping for air." He was finally pronounced dead almost two hours after the execution started.