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Lethal Injection Can Be a Slow, Painful Death

By Each Hit, Apr 24, 2007 | Updated: Apr 24, 2007 | | |
  1. Each Hit
    here's a real shocker: the dosage matters when you're giving lethal injections

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/04/23/lethal.injection.ap/index.html

Comments

  1. Nagognog2
    We (ACLU) have known this for some time. Like since they began using this method. The prison authorities claim it's a "botched" job because they can't get a doctor to do it. You know - under the Hippocratic Oath every physician must take to be licensed, they swear to "do no harm." So that exonerates a doctor, and the prison staff if they happen to enjoy watching the black man in Texas freak-out as he dies with his eyes open. Who was the governor of that state before he moved on....?

    There is plenty of info available if you'd like to try to stop this madness:

    http://www.aclu.org/capital/index.html

    You want a sick laugh? They always use an alcohol-swab on the arm of the victim - to prevent infection - before inserting the needle. Gotta look "Professional!"
  2. Nature Boy
    I saw an interesting documentary about this a few days ago. A botched lethal injection is a truly horrific and inhumane way of ending one's life (all capital punishment is I guess, but I won't get into it). It's shocking to see this going on today as if it's all fine and dandy. I'll bet there are plenty of people out there who smile when they think of mass murderers getting their comeuppance with a slow, painful death but it sends a shiver down my spine to think that any government, especially one that considers itself to be the world's role model, practices this in the 21st century. It truly is a cowardly act. I'm not in favour of the death penalty, but if you're going to do something, do it right. The goal is to systematically end a life as quickly and efficiently as possible, not torture someone before doing so.
  3. Each Hit
    here's another, perhaps better, article. i always wondered how they could deem a method of capital punishment painless, since there's no way to really ask the victim...

    http://sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID...F2-99DF-3C1F0FEFB917B387&pageNumber=1&catID=1

  4. snapper
    It's not like a massive overdose of thiopental wouldn't do it fine with no consciousness. Why they would even care about regulating the dose of the anesthetic is beyond SWIM's comprehension. Thiopental is CHEAP with a DEA license - there is no reason to be stingy. SWIM is also opposed to the death penalty. The government should never be entrusted with the authority to end someone's life. It's harder on these criminals to live in a death row atmosphere anyways, which is a form of torture in itself. SWIM does not get why it is so hard for the executioners to effectively kill someone. Seems like it is done on purpose...
  5. UberDouche
    Any change in state will involve some level of stress. Distress or eustress. Stress nevertheless. Good or bad, it is taxing on the organism undergoing such stress. It is SWIM's position that death is the most dynamic change an organism can undergo, ergo the most stressful. SWIM posits that as such, the change from living to not living will necessarily involve a level of distress that SWIM would refer to as pain.
    SWIM understands that some methods of execution will be more painful than others. SWIM believes that all methods of execution are painful in at least the academic sense of distress. Thus, SWIM believes the arguments over a particular method of execution being preferable over another are not particularly productive. These arguments avoid the core issue of whether or not a society supports the forced taking of another's life.
    SWIM resides in the only state in the USA to still use electrocution as the sole method of execution available to the condemned. This has caused much debate over the last 5 years or so amongst this state's elected representatives, as well as among the voting constituency regarding this very issue.
    In a few days Cary Dean Moore is scheduled to be electrocuted for the crime of premeditated murder. Mr. Moore and his younger brother robbed two taxi cab drivers in August 1979. Cary Dean Moore was 21 years of age at the time of the slayings.
    Cary Dean Moore has told his attorney he no longer wishes to pursue any appeals on his conviction (legal appeals for capital crimes in the USA can be quite lengthy and in fact are required to a certain point regardless of what the defendant wishes). So, in SWIM’s state the argument put before the unicameral (the last one-house state legislature left in the USA) is whether or not to pass a bill into law that would allow lethal injection as an alternative to electrocution for the condemned.
    The argument against this bill is whether it would constitute ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ (US Constitution, 8th amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.) to prevent those previously sentenced to die in the electric chair, but who have not yet been executed, from having the lethal injection option available to him or her. The State is worried this will provide additional 8th amendment appeals for those already sentenced under the current law. To rectify this non-sequitur would require a journey down the slippery slope, described above, of whether the intentional taking of a human life by the state can be reasonably considered to be without malice or cruelty. How do we, as a society want to define that?
    The state SWIM resides in presently would really rather not have that discussion.
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