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December 26, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Dr. Marc Stern’s resignation

An open eye

I applaud Dr. Marc Stern’s decision to resign rather than violate his professional ethics by supervising the administration of an execution [“Washington prison doctor quits over death penalty,” News, Dec. 25].

As stated in your story, “the American Medical Association and Society of Correctional Physicians oppose physician involvement in executions.” This indicates that no doctor with professional and ethical integrity can supervise state-sponsored executions whether legally sanctioned or not.

While many doctors might have just followed orders and turned a blind eye toward their own professional standards out of cowardice or apathy, Stern has demonstrated exemplary courage by doing the right thing.

I only regret that we no longer have Stern working for the state of Washington. Our society needs people of strong principle to be in positions of responsibility.

— Aaron Tovo, Excelsior, Minn.

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