Lethal injection method can be cruelTellingly, these guys don't recommend an alternate method of execution. For the obvious reason. They don't want there to be one.
U.S. Supreme Court decision aside, states should change an execution method that could mask extreme pain and agony.
Virginia death penalty proponents can rest easy. Gov. Tim Kaine wasted no time lifting the moratorium on executions he imposed while waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the state's method violated the Constitution.
The problem with the three-drug method is simple: The second drug administered is a paralytic that renders the condemned immobile. If the first drug, a sedative, is improperly administered, the second drug hides any indication that the prisoner is feeling the excruciating pain caused by the third drug, which stops the heart.
The nation should rethink its commitment to this barbaric and inhumane practice. (link)
But this point needs to be made: If the lethal injection method of execution of those deserving death involves "extreme pain and agony," (it doesn't; these guys are just being their normal hysterical selves) isn't that a good thing? It certainly passes Constitutional muster (there is no prohibition of pain or agony - only cruel and unusual) and it satisfies the desires of the electorate - to make these animals suffer as they made their victims suffer.
Seems to me the method is well-suited for the task. And the Supreme Court agrees.
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* I should state that I am ambivalent toward the death penalty only because there is such a disgraceful time delay between crime and punishment - because of the legal system - and consider harsh imprisonment for life to be just as appealing.