Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cruel and Unusual

I believe the word you’re looking for is “barbaric”.

An Oklahoma inmate whose execution was halted Tuesday because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched died of a heart attack, the head of the state Department of Corrections said.

Director Robert Patton said inmate Clayton Lockett died Tuesday after all three drugs were administered.

Patton halted Lockett’s execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He said there was a vein failure.

The execution began at 6:23 p.m. when officials began administering the first drug, and a doctor declared Lockett to be unconscious at 6:33 p.m.

About three minutes later, though, Lockett began breathing heavily, writhing on the gurney, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow. After about three minutes, a doctor lifted the sheet that was covering Lockett to examine the injection site. After that, an official who was inside the death chamber lowered the blinds, preventing those in the viewing room from seeing what was happening.

Can we stop using oxymorons such as “humane execution”?  There’s no such thing, and if we have any shred of dignity left about how we treat criminals, we’ll get rid of the death penalty and stop being included in the ranks of countries such as Iran, North Korea, and China who exact revenge instead of administer justice.

3 barks and woofs on “Cruel and Unusual

  1. To me killing someone is cruel and unusual punishment. And according what I heard last night, after a stay of execution, the governor defied the Ok. Supreme Court and went ahead with the execution. In my opinion, defying the court is an impeacheable offense and she should be thrown in jail for creating this last minute fiasco.

  2. MN dropped the death penalty about 100 years ago because of a botched hanging. The only thing the death penalty does is play into the revenge factor in the psychology of primitive thinking.

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