Daniel Wayne Cook sexually assaulted, tortured and killed two men, a jury agreed. He’s dead now, executed last August in an Arizona prison. But Cook’s name lives on, as part of a lawsuit challenging the Food and Drug Administration’s allowing importation of a drug used in executions by injection.
Death row inmates in California and several other states are now carrying on the challenge first filed under Cook’s name, though of course none will be present Monday when a top appellate court debates the case that’s one of many attacking lethal injection.
“They’re trying to conduct this war on as many fronts as possible,” said Kent Scheidegger, legal director for the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a nonprofit public interest law group. “I think this one is important for the way the inmates went after the death penalty by suing the FDA.”