Thursday, March 17, 2016

We cannot sanitize this!

This is what happens when we continue to believe we need a death penalty.

Ohio Supreme Court says state can try to execute an inmate again after failed attempt

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state could try to execute an inmate who authorities tried to execute in 2009, only for the execution attempt to fail.

... “When the execution team was unable to establish IV lines, the attempt to execute [Romell] Broom was halted,” Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger wrote in an opinion joined by three other justices. “Because the lethal-injection drugs were never introduced into the IV lines, the execution was never commenced.”

... “I believe as a moral and constitutional matter that subjecting Broom to a second execution attempt after even one extremely painful and unsuccessful attempt is precisely the sort of ‘lingering death’ that the United States Supreme Court recognized as cruel within the meaning of the Eighth Amendment 125 years ago,” [Justice William M.] O’Neill wrote [in a dissent].

...During his scheduled lethal injection on Sept. 15, 2009, prison officials authorities spent two hours trying and failing to find a usable vein, making at least 10 attempts to insert the IV and causing Broom to repeatedly grimace in pain, witnesses said. ...

Californians will have another opportunity to end the risk that we'll be complicit in this sort of barbarism through an initiative on the November election ballot.

1 comment:

Hattie said...

Fingers crossed...I'm glad I live in a state that does not have the death penalty.

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