"Subsequent drugs, such as pentobarbital, which Arizona also used, were taken out of circulation for executions because of the European human rights' stand against the death penalty," he added. "To blame Europe for the botched executions seems strangely ironic. Should they have violated their conscience and helped facilitate executions? Arizona should have foreseen what happened and avoided it. They chose not to."
"The problems that occurred in the execution of Joseph Wood on July 23 should have been foreseen and prevented," Richard Dieter of the Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center told CNA July 25.