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Moritz alum Allen Bohnert (’06) featured in NPR article concerning inmate lethal injections

September 29, 2020 | Alumni

A 2006 graduate of the Moritz College of Law, Allen Bohnert has spent the last 12 years as an assistant federal public defender in Southwest Ohio, defending inmates with upcoming executions.

Bohnert was recently interviewed by National Public Radio for an article titled, “Gasping For Air: Autopsies Reveal Troubling Effects Of Lethal Injection.” In the article, Bohnert said that the majority of inmates who are lethally injected suffer from pulmonary edema, which causes a suffocating and drowning sensation if and when the inmates are not properly anesthetized.

“We can’t ask the clients what is happening to them during the course of their executions,” he said. “This was the first time that we had a collection of autopsy data that allowed us to say what actually is happening from a scientific standpoint.”