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Expert on execution denied state contract
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Date: Aug 18, 1990
Start Page: 5
Section: NEWS
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State corrections officials have dropped plans to hire the Boston-area inventor of the lethal injection machine as a consultant for the scheduled execution next month of convicted murderer Charles Walker.

A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections said Friday that officials decided this week not to offer an $8,200 consulting contract to Fred A. Leuchter Jr., an expert on execution methods who authored a controversial report in 1988 disputing the number of Holocaust victims killed by Nazis during World War II.

Leuchter sold a lethal injection machine to Illinois in 1987 for $24,900, after the state's death-penalty statute was altered to provide for execution by injection of lethal drugs. He also was paid $4,181 to install the machine at Stateville penitentiary, near Joliet.

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