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Tennessee execution: Billy Ray Irick tortured to death, expert says in new filing

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Editor's note: Reporter Dave Boucher was one of seven state-required media witnesses at Irick's execution. 
Billy Ray Irick felt searing pain akin to torture before he died in a Tennessee prison in August, but steps taken in carrying out his execution blocked signs of suffering, according to a doctor who reviewed information about the lethal injection.
In new court filings entered late Thursday amidst an ongoing legal challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol, Dr. David Lubarsky said statements from people who witnessed the execution indicated the controversial drug midazolam failed to ensure Irick could not feel pain during his death.
As a result, the death row inmate “experienced the feeling of choking, drowning in his own fluids, suffocating, being buried alive, and the burning sensation caused by the injection of the potassium chloride,” Lubarsky wrote in the filing.
The document also says the state did not follow its own lethal injection protocol, raising questio…

Myuran Sukumaran exhibition visitor count ticks over 20,000 at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Ben Quilty (left) and Michael Dagostino
Ben Quilty (left) and Michael Dagostino
MORE than 20,000 people have now walked through the doors at Campbelltown Arts Centre to see the world premiere of the paintings of executed Bali Nine drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran.

The Another Day in Paradise exhibition features, among other works by Sukumaran, self-portraits which offer an insight into the mind and rollercoaster emotions of a man on death row.

The controversial and polarising exhibition will run until March 26. It is being co-curated by artist Ben Quilty.

Sukumaran, who was executed in 2015, painted the works during his imprisonment at Bali’s Kerobokan jail and final incarceration at Nusa Kambangan Island.

Campbelltown Arts Centre director Michael Dagostino said he was “blown away” to see the figure tick over to 20,000 on Monday.

“We’ve had people from Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland come here to see this exhibition,” he said.

“It really shows the power of art.

“Looking at the feedback we’ve received, it’s all been very positive. People have been incredibly moved by seeing his works.”

Mr Dagostino encouraged residents to come along and see the exhibition for themselves before it was too late.

“This is the exhibition of 2017 and I urge everyone to come and see it,” he said.

“Don’t just take my word for it. Go to our Facebook page and see all of that feedback for yourself.”

The exhibition is free.

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au, Tarik Elmerhebe, March 2, 2017

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