2017 ORS 137.473¹
Means of inflicting death
  • place and procedures
  • acquisition of lethal substance

(1) The punishment of death shall be inflicted by the intravenous administration of a lethal quantity of an ultra-short-acting barbiturate in combination with a chemical paralytic agent and potassium chloride or other equally effective substances sufficient to cause death. The judgment shall be executed by the superintendent of the Department of Corrections institution in which the execution takes place, or by the designee of that superintendent. All executions shall take place within the enclosure of a Department of Corrections institution designated by the Director of the Department of Corrections. The superintendent of the institution shall be present at the execution and shall invite the presence of one or more physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners, the Attorney General, the sheriff of the county in which the judgment was rendered and representatives from the media. At the request of the defendant, the superintendent shall allow no more than two members of the clergy designated by the defendant to be present at the execution. At the discretion of the superintendent, no more than five friends and relatives designated by the defendant may be present at the execution. The superintendent shall allow the presence of any peace officers as the superintendent thinks expedient.

(2) The person who administers the lethal injection under subsection (1) of this section shall not thereby be considered to be engaged in the practice of medicine.

(3)(a) Any wholesale drug outlet, as defined in ORS 689.005 (Definitions), registered with the State Board of Pharmacy under ORS 689.305 (Registration of drug outlets) may provide the lethal substance or substances described in subsection (1) of this section upon written order of the Director of the Department of Corrections, accompanied by a certified copy of the judgment of the court imposing the punishment.

(b) For purposes of ORS 689.527 (Prohibited practices) (7) the director shall be considered authorized to purchase the lethal substance or substances described in subsection (1) of this section.

(c) The lethal substance or substances described in subsection (1) of this section are not controlled substances when purchased, possessed or used for purposes of this section.

(4) The superintendent may require that persons who are present at the execution under subsection (1) of this section view the initial execution procedures, prior to the point of the administration of the lethal injection, by means of a simultaneous closed-circuit television transmission under the direction and control of the superintendent. [1984 c.3 §7; 1987 c.320 §38; 1993 c.137 §1; 2001 c.104 §46; 2001 c.213 §1; 2003 c.103 §4; 2005 c.471 §9; 2014 c.45 §24]

Notes of Decisions

Depart­ment of Correc­tions may not impose nondisclosure require­ments on per­sons who are entitled to attend execu­tion at own discre­tion. Oregon Newspaper Publishers Associa­tion v. Depart­ment of Correc­tions, 329 Or 115, 988 P2d 359 (1999)

“Execu­tion” includes those preparatory ac­tions inextricably linked to ad­min­is­tra­­tion of lethal drugs. Oregon Newspaper Publishers Associa­tion v. Depart­ment of Correc­tions, 329 Or 115, 988 P2d 359 (1999)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 137—Judgment and Execution; Parole and Probation by the Court, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors137.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 137, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano137.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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