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NPR uncovered secret execution tapes from Virginia. More remain hidden.

Official cover ups after the executions go wrong are not unusual. Behind closed doors, on July 28, 2022, execution workers in Alabama took more than three hours to set an IV line into Joe James, Jr.’s body. The state said nothing out of the ordinary happened during that time. But a nonprofit, Reprieve, obtained permission from his family to conduct an autopsy afterwards. It revealed multiple puncture wounds, bruises, and evidence that the state may have cut into his skin to find a vein, said Blaire Andres, who leads death penalty projects for Reprieve.

“All of that was hidden from view from the journalists that were supposed to witness the execution,” said Andres. “If the state is doing everything correctly, they shouldn’t have anything to hide. So it does raise the question, what is the state trying to cover up?”

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