- Austin Sarat: Arkansas is having trouble finding witnesses to all its planned executions -- what if a solution were to televise them?
- Televising executions forces us to consider the meaning and significance of the public's own instinct to turn away when the state takes a human life, he writes
Austin Sarat is associate dean of the faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science at Amherst College and the author of "Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty." The views expressed here are solely his.
(CNN)Arkansas's controversial plan to execute eight men in 10 days later this month has hit an unexpected stumbling block. State law requires that at least six people, "respectable citizens," witness executions to ensure that its laws and procedures are followed. But, to date, the state cannot find enough people who are willing to witness them.