Attorney General Seeks Dismissal of Siebert Suit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Troy King wants a federal court in Birmingham to dismiss an amended lawsuit by a death row inmate who says Alabama's execution method is still cruel and unusual despite changes made last year.

The amended suit was filed by convicted serial killer Daniel Lee Siebert.

State Corrections officials changed the execution protocol last October to require a corrections officer to assess the consciousness of the condemned before the administration of chemicals intended to cause paralysis and cardiac arrest.

The guard is to speak the inmate's name, pinch his arm and brush his
eyelashes to determine whether a drug meant to cause
unconsciousness was effective.

Siebert's amended suit argues that since the officer lacks a medical background, the change doesn't assure the condemned does not suffer.

Siebert was sentenced to die for the February 1986 strangulation killing of a Talladega woman and her two young sons. He came within a day of execution last October before a federal appeals court put it on hold.

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