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Prisons chief to help study lethal injection

Published January 5, 2007


TALLAHASSEE - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Thursday named the federal Bureau of Prisons' director one of his three appointees to a panel that will study the state's lethal injection procedure after a botched execution Dec. 13.

Harley Lappin oversees 114 federal prison facilities housing more than 193,000 inmates.

Then-Gov. Jeb Bush created the 11-member Governor's Commission on the Administration of Lethal Injection after it took more than a half hour - twice as long as usual - for convicted murderer Angel Nieves Diaz to die. An autopsy found that needles that were supposed to be inserted into his veins were pushed through to soft tissue instead, possibly causing pain as the chemicals burned his arms.

McCollum also named Carolyn Snurkowski, director of his office's Criminal and Capital Appeals Division, and Dr. Steve Morris, project director for bioterrorism and disaster training at the University of South Florida's nursing school, to the commission.

[Last modified January 5, 2007, 01:30:20]

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