Killer's Attorney: Execution Rules Vague

Justice SystemCrime, Law and JusticeNew OrleansMike Caldwell

An attorney for a condemned killeralleges that Louisiana's rules governing execution by lethalinjection are "vague" and "superficial."

Gary Clements, director of the New Orleans-based Capital PostConviction Project of Louisiana, wants a judge to block allexecutions in the state until changes are made.

Clements tells The Advocate on Thursday the rules promulgatedfor lethal-injection executions in the state lack specifics on thechemicals used and the qualifications of those administering thedrugs.

Clements represents Nathaniel Code, who was condemned to die forthe 1985 murders of four people in Shreveport.

State Judge Mike Caldwell is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesdayon Code's request for an injunction prohibiting the state fromcarrying out any executions.

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