What happens when a doctor is needed to execute a condemned inmate, but doctors view it as in conflict with their medical ethics? It is the current recipe for a moratorium on executions by lethal injection in California.
For more information on the death penalty in general and moratoriums in other states see http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/ and http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~critcrim/dp/dp.html. The National Institute of Corrections has just released their study of capital punishment and the alternatives to it, entitled Mandatory Justice: The Death Penalty Revisited. On the latest polls of citizen attitudes toward the death penalty in various countries compared to the U.S. go to this Gallup video/podcast. Beware: question wording dramatically affects responses to death penalty questions, as noted at the Death Penalty Information link above. Finally, Amnesty International just released their latest report, United States of America: Execution of Mentally Ill Offenders.