Executions Stayed

Will the Supreme Court's decision to review the constitutionality of the death penalty by lethal injection cause states to postpone scheduled executions? Alabama stayed an execution that was to have taken place last night.

Gov. Bob Riley said the state would not execute an inmate named Tommy Arthur while it came up with a new formula for lethal injection. State officials said they wanted to make sure prisoners were completely unconscious before they were killed.

Texas would have killed a man last night, but the Supreme Court stayed the execution.

Although the court gave no reason for its decision, the inmate, Carlton Turner Jr., had appealed to the court after it agreed on Tuesday to consider the constitutionality of lethal injection, the most commonly used method of execution in the United States. The decision suggests that until it issues a ruling on lethal injection, the court may be receptive to requests to delay such executions, at least for defendants whose cases raise no procedural issues.

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    lethal injection (1.00 / 1) (#3)
    by diogenes on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 06:36:09 PM EST
    So let's hurry up and create a better cocktail that doesn't entail suffering (probably with high dose sedative first).  Operating rooms, pet euthanizers, and assisted suicide advocates use such "humane" cocktails all the time.  

    No justification. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 03:56:43 AM EST
    Let's hurry up and abolish the death penalty.

    A more effective murder weapon won't help.


    well geez, (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 03:52:35 PM EST
    i can fix that, no problem. here's what they do:

    they lead the condemned into the execution chamber. the warden engages him in brief conversation, explaining what's to happen. while his attention is focused on the warden, one of the guards sneaks up behind him, and whacks him upside the head with an aluminum baseball bat.

    while he/she is unconscious, they plug 'em in and let the chemicals flow. i guarantee, the condemned won't feel a thing. the best part of this plan is that the bat is reusable. sure, might be a slight dent, but no worse than you'd get with a ball.

    oh, one very important thing in this procedure, make sure the biggest, strongest guard has the bat, but don't whack them too hard. you don't want their heads popping off. that would be real messy, and hard to explain to the gov.

    If we insist on the death penalty... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by kdog on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 10:10:30 AM EST
    why not just use a massive dose of heroin to kill?  I don't see much pain and suffering involved in that method...or is it wrong to send the condemned out smiling?

    Ron Paul (none / 0) (#2)
    by aahpat on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 04:30:44 PM EST
    At the Republican PBS debate this week renounced the death penalty and denounced the war on drugs. I have posted the video:

    Ron Paul: "Repeal the whole war on drugs"

    i see texas (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 08:53:16 AM EST
    isn't letting a little thing like a supreme court ruling stop them, they have another execution scheduled for oct. 3.