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Death with a gas mask: Court ruling moves Alabama closer to using untried execution method

A ruling Thursday by the Alabama Supreme Court moved the state closer to executing an inmate in a way no state has ever done.Alabama’s nitrogen hypoxia method, five years in the making, would use a gas mask to cause death. It is an alternative to the state’s standard method, lethal injection.Nitrogen makes up 78% of the air people breathe. Almost all the rest, 21%, is oxygen. With nitrogen

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