A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 16, 2017
“Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?”

"Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?” is a popular question that has been printed on an image. The question was posted on the newsgroup alt.fan.cecil-adams February 17, 1999, and is usually grouped with other “imponderable” questions.

There are several answers to the question. It is more sanitary, for all concerned, that the needles be sterilized.


Google Groups: alt.fan.cecil-adams
Do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?
Dave
2/17/99
I got a list of one-liners by e-mail this morning, most of them were pretty old (ie. Is there another word for synonym?), anyway this was the only one that actually made me think for a minute.

Do any of you folks know for sure whether a sterile needle is required when a lethal injection is used in carrying out a death sentence?

Google Groups: rec.arts.bodyart
Heidi is special (was Re: Artist wanted blah blah crap)
Fredrich P. Maney
3/10/99
Golgotha wrote:
[deletia]

: Do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

(Having talked to my coworker who used to work for the Justice Cabinet in Kentucky and helped set up the procedure for lethal injection in the state of Kentucky) Yes, they use sterile needles for lethal injections. The reasoning being if something happens during the execution (like the governor issuing a stay of execution after the saline IV has been hooked up 30 minutes prior to the actual execution) that prohibits the completion of the execution and the convicted has been infected with something, the state is now open to a law suit by the convicted that, even if thrown out, will delay the execution and cause a lot of bad PR.

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By Mary Darkeff
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2006
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Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

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@nb42 Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
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The Weak Send Rocks, The Strong Send Rockets:
A Thousand Diplomatic and Un-diplomatic Jokes

By Marek Arnaud
New York, NY: Eloquent Books
2009
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5. Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

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Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

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Jokes - Apart:
Laughs from a life time of pass around internet jokes

By Sheroy Kermani
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2012
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Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, July 16, 2017 • Permalink