Mark George QC on Arizona execution
Mark George QC has appeared on BBC Radio 5 live providing legal perspective on the use of a drug supplied by a British company as one of the three drugs used to execute Jeffrey Landrigan in Arizona yesterday.
Arizona had to import the anaesthetic sodium thiopental after US supplies ran out. Concern has been raised in the UK, where there is no death penalty.
Mark George QC commented on BBC Radio 5 live that sodium thiopental has all sorts of legitimate uses however a British company being asked to supply the drug to "correctional facilities" in the US ought to be aware of its potential for use for execution.
Mark's interview was broadcast at 11.30am on 27/10/10 on the BBC Radio 5 live Victoria Derbyshire programme (fast-forward to 1:36:00 to find the interview).
Mark George QC is an opponent of the death penalty and has a strong interest in death penalty cases in the United States. He is a trustee of Amicus , a charity which assists in the provision of legal representation for those awaiting capital trial and punishment in the US and has worked with the charity for 10 years. In 1998 he worked pro bono in a capital murder trial in Texas where he assisted with the preparation of the case for trial. This involved being temporarily admitted as a member of the Texas Bar. He regularly teaches at the Amicus training sessions in trial procedures in capital cases, jury selection and mitigation issues. He has also written a number of articles for the Amicus Journal on aspects of US death penalty law.