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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:00 pm

The United States should stop using the death penalty to punish criminals — for our sakes, not theirs.

What happened last week in Oklahoma, a botched execution carried out with suspect drugs in experimental doses, is just the latest argument for halting the death penalty. New Mexico, thankfully, under former Gov. Bill Richardson’s leadership, no longer uses the power of the state to kill.

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5 comments:

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 7:38 am on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 508

    New Mexico, thankfully, under former Gov. Bill Richardson’s leadership, no longer uses the power of the state to kill.

    That's bogus tell the truth, citizens killing citizens does not invoke the death penalty in NM but if a citizen kills a person of authority like a police officer the death penalty can be invoked in NM. Bunch of hypocrites!

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 4:42 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 1154

    The gruesome nature of recent executions is not due to the act being impossible to carry out correctly, but of the bungling way the process is...um...executed in practice. Boycotts by drug companies and medical professionals have turned lethal injection into a parody of its original intent, something more fitting to a horror movie than reality. I'm sure we could do better, but do we really want to make a better science of executions?

    An equally serious issue is that once a person has been executed, there is no way to rectify a mistake. At least in this life. Executions are generally on the poor and indigent, not those who can hire high power attorneys. Mistakes are made that could eventually be overturned with life in prison. Hence the Innocence Project. A good friend of mine who is a law professor gives freely of herself to that organization.

    There was a gruesome kind of payback in how Mr. Lockett's life ended, given what he did to his victim. But that is vengeance, not justice. We need to remember the difference, and ask what it is we really want. Vengeance is sweet with awful crimes like this one, but we out to be "beyond a shadow of a doubt" sure of ourselves before we pull the switch.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:41 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1059

    Back in its heyday, one feature of being guillotined was when the attendant held your severed head up by your hair so you could look out at the assembled throng that was laughing and pointing at you. Presumption of absolute painlessness is speculative, as few participants have voiced their feelings during that post-dismemberment period.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:14 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1716

    The guillotine, absolutely painless, death is instantaneous. Of course, though it is the most humane death the condemned can receive, it is gruesome for the witnesses.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:54 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1059

    Heroin seems to easily cause death when too much is taken. Why not offer that to an inmate, who might then willingly walk to the gurney in order to have a pleasurable Adios.

     

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