by Jay Johansen | Jun 22, 2006
The Supreme Court has blocked the execution of three convicted murderers while the courts review their claim that execution by lethal injection violates their constitutional rights. The claim that, although the procedure includes a massive does of anesthesia, they might still suffer some momentary pain.
The three men are:
None of these three is claiming that he is innocent. Rather, they say that the possibility that they might suffer a few seconds of pain would be an act of unspeakable cruelty, and that lethal injection is barbaric.
Hey, I have an idea for a compromise! If lethal injection is too cruel for these poor men, let's give them a choice: They can either die by lethal injection, or they can die in the same manner that they killed their victims. They apparently had no moral qualms with killing other people by beating or strangulation, so clearly they don't think these are excessively cruel, and they should have no objection to having this done to them.
© 2006 by Jay Johansen