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2 Hours Gasping for Air....Should the Death Penalty be Abolished?

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Arizona Execution of Joseph Wood Took Nearly Two Hours

The execution of Joseph Wood — which Arizona carried out with a lethal-injection it had never before tried — is certain to fan the debate over how U.S. states carry out the death penalty.

Midway through the execution, defense attorneys asked a judge to stop the execution of Joseph Wood and order prison officials to try to resuscitate him. But before the court acted, he was pronounced dead.

"The execution commenced at 1:52 p.m. at the Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC) - Florence. He was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m," a statement Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said.

The statement did not say what problems the execution team had encountered, but Wood's lawyers painted a macabre picture.

"He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour," lawyers wrote in their request for an emergency stay of execution.

Image: Joseph Rudolph WoodARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS VIA AP FILE
Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood.

Wood — who was condemned to die for fatally shooting his girlfriend and her father in 1989 — had challenged the execution on the grounds that the state was violating the First Amendment by keeping the source of the lethal-injection drugs secret.

An appeals panel agreed with him, but the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay of execution. The Arizona Supreme Court briefly delayed the execution on Wednesday morning, but ultimately gave the state the green light.

Wood, 55, was scheduled to be killed with a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same drugs used in an Ohio execution in which the inmate seemed to struggle for air and took 25 minutes to die.

His execution date had been put on hold several times as the case wound its way through last-minute appeals. One of those decisions was notable for a dissent in which the chief judge of a federal appeals court said the guillotine would be better than lethal injection for executions.

by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:48 PM
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM

No, we should use a different method - Go back to gas chamber, electric chair, or hanging. And some states still have firing squad.

It was a successful execution - but it was definitely too slow.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 2:48 AM

No, we should use a different method - Go back to gas chamber, electric chair, or hanging. And some states still have firing squad.

It was a successful execution - but it was definitely too slow.

I say the criminal should eliminate the murder(s) they committed. That's the easiest way for any person to eliminate the death penalty for themselves.

Ms.KitKat
by Gold Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 8:21 AM
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I agree.

Quoting Del672:

Exactly what this Judge says.

'Probably Best' for Executions

A federal appeals judge issued a blistering dissent in a death-row case on Monday, declaring that an execution system that relies on drugs is doomed and the guillotine would be better.

"Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.

"But executions are, in fact, nothing like that. They are brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should it. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf."

Quoting AmaliaD: No, they should just use a Guillotine. They just need to stop the lethal injection movement, it seems better/more medical.... but causes more pain than dying other ways. Just putting him underwater seems less cruel. That would've only lasted minutes. Vets and vet techs will all tell you that dogs put to sleep, (at least the way it's described in over populated kennels ) is very unpleasant. But we do need the death penalty. Some crimes absolutely deserve it. Just change the method.


PamR
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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Yes, it should be abolished.  It doesn't deter capital crimes, it is unfairly handed out (your ability to pay a defense attorney determines whether or not you receive it), it costs taxpayers more than life in prison, a number of people on death row have been exonerated by DNA, and it's barbaric.  It is only a means to get revenge.

Abaco
by on Jul. 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I agree.

Quoting Jambo4:

I say go back to firing squad, or hanging.  Less expense, less time.


EarlGrayHot
by on Jul. 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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No.  The death penalty was made for people like this sicko who killed his ex and her father.  I think drugs are the best way but the right drugs need to be used.  Ideally we do not torture the victim be cause we are not evil like he is.

Schauseil
by Silver Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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I agree, or be heading.

Quoting Jambo4:

I say go back to firing squad, or hanging.  Less expense, less time.

Schauseil
by Silver Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 1:22 PM
Actually putting dogs to sleep is very peaceful, I've helped with it before.

Quoting AmaliaD: No, they should just use a Guillotine. They just need to stop the lethal injection movement, it seems better/more medical.... but causes more pain than dying other ways. Just putting him underwater seems less cruel. That would've only lasted minutes. Vets and vet techs will all tell you that dogs put to sleep, (at least the way it's described in over populated kennels ) is very unpleasant. But we do need the death penalty. Some crimes absolutely deserve it. Just change the method.
BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Bullet to the head(CNS).

codfish
by Jen on Jul. 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM
I have no sympathy for someone who took 2 lives in cold blood. He deserved to suffer
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