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Lawyers file lawsuit againt Virginia over lethal injection practices

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Apr 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-24 17:50:30-04

Two Alexandria lawyers are looking to halt lethal injections in Virginia.

Meghan Shapiro and Christopher Leibig filed a lawsuit in Richmond on Tuesday, claiming Virginia’s lethal injection practices on death row inmates are illegal.

The lawsuit claims Virginia’s Department of Correction’s execution team is practicing medicine and anesthesiology without a license. Shapiro and Leibig say there is proof to support their claim. They want all lethal injections in Virginia halted immediately.

Virginia law prohibits the names of members of the Department of Correction’s executions team from being made public.

Currently, there are no executions scheduled in Virginia.

State death row inmates have the right to choose whether to die by lethal injection or electrocution.