An interesting and quite valid question. I would take the paper in several different directions through using the book.
First, I would summarize the breadth of community response to the upcoming execution early in the paper, and would use it as a way to introduce a claim that establishes common ground, namely that how a community decides who dies, when, and how plays an essential role in determining who they are.
Second, I would use the effort the community put into educating those involved as a way to introduce the importance of educating everyone on the complexities involved with the Death With Dignity act. This would give you a chance to move out of the pro/con deadlock, and to argue for a need to educate all and have public debates, so that everyone understands what's involved.
Third, I'd use the emotions expressed in the diary as a way to introduce how people get ready for death. That should help you address things like hospice counseling.