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Georgia's videotaped execution sets new precedent

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By GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge's decision to allow defense lawyers to record video of a Georgia lethal injection could lead to a flurry of new legal moves seeking more public access to secretive death chambers.

Thursday's execution of inmate Andrew Grant DeYoung was believed to be the first in almost two decades recorded on video. It came at the urging of defense attorneys who want to document the effects of a new lethal injection drug.

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower judge's order to allow the video, despite warnings from the state Attorney General's office that it could raise the "potential for sensationalism and abuse."

The order requires the tape to be kept under seal.

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