Off With Their Heads!

CAPITAL_PUNISHMENT_US_STATES (1)I guess in the United States they’re having a big debate about how people who’ve been sentenced to death as criminals should be executed.

Most executions that occur in the U.S. are under state authority, I think, and each state has the right to do things its own way. Some don’t even enforce the death penalty [see graphic, red being states that permit executions, blue not]. Of those that execute their fellow citizens, they apparently have five legal methods to chose from. The most common is lethal injection. At least, it used to be. But the Danish manufacturer of a drug used in the deadly cocktail that first sedates, then paralyzes, and finally kills the condemned, has refused to allow its use in capital punishment. So states are searching for a new combination of drugs to do the trick.

A new two-drug cocktail was used in a recent execution in Ohio but it didn’t go very well as the the man (Dennis McGuire) took 25 minutes to die and appeared to suffer. That upset a lot of people — opponents of capital punishment, naturally. But even supporters who, while okay with a death penalty, want the execution carried out in a “humane” manner.

Then there’s hardcore righties who just shrug and say “So what?” They hold the view that no person sentenced to death has an automatic right to a “painless” execution and are even touting a return to firing squads.

You can read more on the issue here.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

2 thoughts on “Off With Their Heads!”

  1. The manufacturer of one of the drugs that has traditionally been used has stopped exporting it to the U.S. for executions. That has forced U.S. penal authorities to more or less experiment with other drugs to find one that works in the same way as the Danish drug. That experiment wasn’t overly successful in the Ohio instance.

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