Cruel and Unusual Punishment in Arizona

I've always hated the death penalty. Even if the right person is convicted, it's all about revenge and not justice. I dislike society stooping to the level of the worst of the worst. Moreover, the idea that there is a humane way to kill people is ludicrous. Lethal injection is supposed to be more humane than the electric chair, the noose, or the gas chamber but it is increasingly obvious that it is just as barbaric as previous methods of execution. The latest example of that took place in Arizona:

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, his lawyers said, in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.

Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal in federal court while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour."

The lawyers said the execution started at 1:52 p.m., but Wood continued to breathe and was alive an hour and 10 minutes later. Defense lawyer Dale Baich called it a botched execution that should have taken 10 minutes.

This keeps happening ever since big pharma did the right thing and stopped supplying murder drugs to the several states. This botched execution may be the most egregious and sickening one to date. It proves once again that there is no HUMANE WAY to kill someone. If some states insist on executing people, they should make like Utah and have firing squads. That, at least, won't take 117 minutes. Think of that: 117 minutes. That's not justice, that's torture. Better yet, they could abolish capital punishment. I can dream, can't I?

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