Thursday, December 9

The dramatic execution of a prisoner in the United States that renews the questions about the death penalty

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A lethal injection bed

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Of the 50 US states, in 28 the law allows the application of capital punishment.

Before being pronounced dead, a prisoner sentenced to the death penalty suffered numerous seizures during his execution in the United States on Thursday afternoon.

John Grant, a 60-year-old African-American, received the lethal injection in a prison of Oklahoma, in the southern US, after being sentenced to death for murder in 1999.

A last minute decision of the US Supreme Court authorized the procedure.

It was the first death of a prisoner in the last seven years in that state, since a series of failed executions led to a temporary moratorium on capital punishment.

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