Friday, 9 February 2007

Panel to hear lethal injection arguments


Panel to hear lethal injection arguments

BY JIM ASH FLORIDA TODAY CAPITAL BUREAU



TALLAHASSEE – A state commission studying problems with Florida’s method of executing criminals will hear from the public today.

Anticipating a growing protest against the death penalty, officials with the Governor’s Commission on the Administration of Lethal Injection have set strict rules for public comments.

“Speakers will be limited to 3-5 minutes and must speak to the Commission’s purpose to address the procedures and protocol of lethal injection,” according to a written release.

Commissioners also will hear from Hugo Adam Bedau, a professor emeritus at Tufts University and a national expert on death penalty issues.

This is the third meeting of the group since Gov. Jeb Bush called a temporary halt to executions following the Dec. 13 botched execution of Angel Nieves Diaz. It took nearly a half-hour, twice the usual time, for Diaz to die.

An autopsy showed the needles used in the execution pushed through his veins and delivered the deadly cocktail of drugs into his soft tissue, slowing their absorption and possibly causing pain

The commission meets again on Monday.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

First of all, why would you care if a murderer or a rapists feels pain when they are about to die??? First of all, it is not called "lethal injection" for nothing. Of course there will be pain when you are dying, no matter how you put it. I don't see why we have to care if a murderer or a rapist feels pain. If we are saying it has to be humane... of course it is humane, humane as it can get for a criminal. I think it shouldn't matter if they do feel pain, because they are dying anyway and they have caused enough pain with the families and victims. Do you think they cared about their victims pains when they were stabbing them, shooting them, choking them, beating them, or raping them??!! I don't think so.

LB said...

Dear 'Anonymous':

And 'second of all...?' Or did you just run of steam after that harangue?

Well, let's see.. First of all you should care, because of something called 'the Constitution', which happens to be the law of the land -- one would think that apparent law & order -types such as yourself would know that, but it seems one would be mistaken. Anyway, if you look up the 'Bill of Rights', and go down the list of Amendments, you'll find number 8 -- go ahead and read it, I'll wait here...

*elevator music*

Read it? Great -- good for you! Now you know that the reason why we should care about avoiding needless pain and suffering, is that it is unconstitutional, and we want to repect the law (those who don't are commonly known as 'criminals.')

Second of all (see -- was that so hard?) we should care because even though the death penalty might make you feel good (in a bizarrely sadistic sort of way,) there is little to no evidence to suggest that it has any tangible benefits for victim-families or society at large. This is why most countries have, y'know, abolished the death penalty, and allocated resources elsewhere; if it is indeed the victim-families you care about, you ought to find out how much the death penalty costs & consider how these funds might be otherwise spent -- on something positive, for instance.

But my guess is that until you get yourself unstuck from that violent, gory, bloody groove you seem to be stuck in, you won't be able to contemplate alternatives.

May I suggest Valium?