Farawell to the Death Penalty in OK

January 18, 2015 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

If I was Chief Justice Roberts, I would force the state of Oklahoma to place a permanent injunction against the death penalty.  Not all states have the problem that Oklahoma, so those state would be exempt.  As reported by Democracy Now headlines,

“In its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, the state of Oklahoma executed Charles Warner on Thursday. It took him 18 minutes to die — about twice as long as the average. His final words were: “My body is on fire.” Lawyers for Warner criticized the state for using midazolam, a drug that is not approved for general anesthesia. Warner was originally scheduled to die last April. But his execution was postponed after the botched killing of Clayton Lockett, who died of a heart attack 43 minutes after the execution began.

18 minutes for an execution.  Sorry, there are more humane ways for killing people like the firing squad.  A skilled marksman can easily killed the person for a shot to the heart within a few minutes.

It takes eighteen people using drugs; it takes two minutes or less using a weapon.  Maybe, the human element of execution is better than the sterile nature of lethal injection.  Maybe, shooting somebody with a firing squad might want to remind us that some people who are death row should never be death row, or better yet, eliminate the death penalty outright.


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