Florida this week became the third state in less than 24 hours to put an inmate to death since a botched execution in April.
Longtime local defense attorney Michelle Suskauer tells us that incident involving a bad mix of drugs as part of a lethal injection caused other states to stop and take an assessment.
"There's always been a debate as to what constitutes 'cruel and unusual punishment.' There's always a debate as to whether or not different states should be utilizing the death penalty, but what that did in Oklahoma was it really fired up the debate. That's why there were so many states that had stopped."
She says these first three states have now set a precedent for the rest of the country.
"We're going to see more states that are going to start executing individuals, using lethal injection again, but there are going to be challenges by inmates. And there have been challenges as to what the actual medications that are being used on them (are)."
Michelle Suskauer is a Florida Bar Board Certified criminal trial attorney, practicing for over 22 years with the Suskauer Law Firm.
She is a past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter and is currently on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Trend's Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyer.
You may have also seen Michelle on our NewsChannel 5 partners, as she is their legal analyst. She also appears as a legal expert on several national cable networks including Fox News, CNN and NBC.
Photo courtesy of Michelle Suskauer