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John Hood Biography

President of the John Locke Foundation
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“Remember, no doctor is compelled to be present at an execution. Those who choose to do so believe that it is ethical… To punish them, it must be proved that medical ethics and presence at an execution are impossible to reconcile. But that’s clearly not true… At an execution, the state clearly has the right to take the murderer’s life. But it does not have the right to torture him, either by imposing excessive pain or by failing to complete the execution swiftly. The presence of a doctor is a guard against those eventualities. The fact that a doctor is present doesn’t make that doctor the executioner. Indeed, the protection against cruel and unusual punishment would seem to require that a doctor be present.”

“Judge Is Right on Execution Ethics,” Lincoln, Sep. 26, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, John Locke Foundation
  • Publisher and Columnist, Carolina Journal
  • Columnist, High Point Enterprise, the Gaston Gazette, and the Durham Herald-Sun
  • Creator-Producer, “Carolina Journal Radio” weekly radio newsmagazine
  • Bradley Visiting Fellow, Heritage Foundation, 1994-1995
  • BA, Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • His work appeared in print and television media such as Readers’ Digest, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, and FOX News.
Quoted in:
  1. Is Participation in Executions Ethical for Medical Professionals?