Harry Blackmun: Dissent in Callins v. Collins

(1994)

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On February 23, 1994, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Bruce Edwin Callins will be executed by the State of Texas. Intravenous tubes attached to his arms will carry the instrument of death, a toxic fluid designed specifically for the purpose of killing human beings. The witnesses, standing a few feet away, will behold Callins, no longer a defendant, an appellant, or a petitioner, but a man, strapped to a gurney, and seconds away from extinction…

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. For more than 20 years I have endeavored—indeed, I have...

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