Video Recording Of Execution Requested

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An attorney for a Missouri inmate scheduled to be put to death this month is seeking permission to record video of the execution over concerns that the man could suffer during the process, a request that follows a botched execution in Oklahoma. Attorney Cheryl Pilate, who represents convicted killer Russell Bucklew, filed the request Friday with the Missouri Department of Corrections. She asks that a video camera, perhaps two, be stationed inside the execution chamber, pointed at the gurney. In Missouri executions, witnesses can observe the process as it begins and for several minutes while the inmate presumably dies, but curtains are then closed while prison staff members check the inmate’s vital signs to confirm death. Pilate wants the recording to continue throughout that process and says the faces of execution team members would be blurred so that they cannot be identified. Video-recording of executions is rare. Pilate says if the state refuses, she’ll ask a court to allow the recording.

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