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The Ethics of Reporting on Lethal Injections

May 13, 2015 | 34 videos
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Writer Jeffrey Stern sits down with Atlantic editor in chief James Bennet to discuss "The Cruel and Unusual Execution of Clayton Lockett," an extensive investigation of a convicted murderer's botched lethal injection. Through the reporting process, Stern told Bennet, the way he viewed the executions changed dramatically: “Initially, I had sort of assumed that in order for someone to go into a situation like this and execute someone, that’s someone that I would not be able to relate to,” Stern says. “Many of them are people are put in this position of carrying out somebody else’s orders.”

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