Monday, January 7, 2008
Holocaust Denier and the Death Penalty Case before Supreme Court
Today the Supreme Court heard Baze v. Rees, a case arguing that the drug cocktail used in lethal injections constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
So what does that have to do with this blog?
Turns out that the "cocktail" was invented by one Fred Leuchter who, posing as an engineer, wrote the bogus report on the non-existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz and Maidanek.
This guy has an electric chair in his basement -- I assume it's non-operative -- and poses in it on occasion. [That's him in his chair above. You can also see these scenes in Erroll Morris' film, Mr. Death.]
However you might feel about the death penalty, I doubt that Fred Leuchter should be depended on to invent anything....