It seems there is a critical shortage of sodium thiopental in this country. Sodium thiopental, you may be curious to learn, is one of the main drugs used in lethal injection cocktails administered by state governments to condemned convicts. So unfortunate. Now we won't be able to continue with the barbaric task of state-sponsored executions in this country. Well, at least in some states. I'm sure Texas and Nevada are dusting off their hangman's scaffolds and electric chairs as we speak.
And why is there such a shortage of sodium thiopental, you ask? Because the American company that produces it actually makes it at a plant in Italy and the Italian government prohibits export of the drug if its intended purpose is for capital punishment. What, are you surprised by this? You thought the rest of the world also strapped their murder convicts to gurneys and pumped life sucking chemicals into their systems? Actually, no; most of western civilization has banned it. It's just the United States and other paragons of liberal democracy such as China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, and Uganda.
Besides, trial by jury is a 100% infallible method of determining guilt, right?