Thursday, May 24, 2007

 

Botched Executions

Today, in Ohio, the execution of Christopher Newton took over an hour and a half. He was pricked with needles in both arms over 10 times during the ordeal. The Governor of Ohio refused to step in at any point during this horrendous event.

And remember, the "improved and revised" execution protocols that Tennessee is currently using are nearly identical to those used by Ohio (which has now botched two recent executions) and Florida.

You can read more from the NCADP and the ACLU.
Comments :
Getting pricked with needles is "horrendous"? What adjective do you use to describe the suffering of Channon Christian?
 
Every death is tragic, and the suffering of murder victims should always be in our minds. But that does not give us the license to become equally cruel. An execution that takes nearly two hours is an awful spectacle and it absolutely is horrendous to have such an event occur in our names.
 
"Equally cruel"??? What planet are you from? Poking a guy with needles until you get a suitable insertion for an hour or so is not torture, it is not horrendous and it is not cruel. Having bleach poured down your throat while you are still alive is.

"Equally cruel"?? You are sick sick sick. The death penalty NEVER EVER as cruel as a murder, and for you to say such a thing indicates a profound obtuseness that is appalling.
 
Anonymous, have you actually seen an execution being carried out? If you haven't (and it would be a relief to know that we've that much in common between us!), then how would you know how cruel an execution can be?

I read about the judicial killing of Edith Thompson recently (read all about it in Wikipedia). 1923 was a long time ago, but her death by hanging was very messy indeed - so much so that John Ellis, the hangman at the time, cut his own throat 8 years later. And if you've read Sister Helen Prejean's "Dead Man Walking", she vomited after seeing Patrick Sonnier die in the electric chair. So would you or I.
 
I believe I might speak for quite a few when I say that some of your views are quite appalling as well.
Unless you are a murder victim, which you obviously are not, I don't know how you can say what is cruel and what is not. Murder is murder, and no matter what crime was committed, I am sure that Newton suffered as well, and really what does that solve? If you are saying it is wrong for the murder victim to suffer, and then condoning the suffering of someone else, I don't see what is being accomplished. Insulting people trying to work for justice most likely won't help.
 
4:34 PM

"Unless you are a murder victim, which you obviously are not, I don't know how you can say what is cruel and what is not."

Congratulations. Did you have to think hard to come up with that?

As for suffering, we try to minimize the suffering of murderers. Murderers generally do not try to minimize the suffering of their victims.
 
Oh gosh. Over 10 times? Diabetics get pricked more than that in one day. Poor poor killer
 
"As for suffering, we try to minimize the suffering of murderers. Murderers generally do not try to minimize the suffering of their victims."

That's just going in circles. The murderer doesn't try to minimize the suffering generally of their victims, agreed, and then we do the same thing to them when we execute them by not even trying to come up with procedures that even the scientist who came up with the drug cocktail says is no longer a humane way to execute. So aren't we just perpetuating a circle of violence?
 
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