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Daniel N. Lerman, JD, PhD Biography

Member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy at the University of Chicago
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“[W]illingness of doctors to breach medical ethics stems from several factors. First, state laws explicitly provide for physician participation in executions. Of the thirty-seven death penalty states using lethal injection, seventeen require the presence of a physician, and eighteen allow physician assistance. Only two states, Kentucky and Illinois, forbid physician participation or presence in executions. By officially sanctioning (if not requiring) physician participation in execution, these states exacerbate the dual loyalty problem, creating an obligation of doctors to serve state and social interests that are at odds with the best medical interests of the condemned.”

“Second Opinion: Inconsistent Deference to Medical Ethics in Death Penalty Jurisprudence,” The Georgetown Law Journal, Aug. 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Committee on Evolutionary Biology and Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, University of Chicago
  • Editor, Symposium & Development, The Georgetown Law Journal
  • JD, Georgetown University, 2008
  • PhD, University of chicago, 2003
  • BA, Brown University, 1996
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