Wednesday Reads: Botched? Horror.Posted: April 30, 2014
Nothing Good about it, when this is the kind of headlines you see on websites across the internet, via HuffPo:
Inmate Dies After 20 Minutes… Breathed Heavily, Writhed On Gurney, Clenched Teeth, Tried To Lift Up Head… Vein ‘Exploded’… ‘Conscious And Blinking, Licking His Lips’… Secret Drug Cocktail… WITNESS: Inmate Cried Out ‘Man’ – After He Was Declared Unconscious… Had Sued State Over Safety Concerns… Next Execution Postponed… ATTORNEY: It ‘Looked Like Torture’…
STUDY: 1 In 25 Death Row Inmates Is Innocent...
Geez…how horrible. No matter what anyone personally feels about the death penalty. This is a nightmare…
Oh my God:
Erick Erickson said on twitter that it wasn’t “botched” because it was less horrible than the murder the man was convicted of. So, you know, we’re good and they’re evil. Jesus said so, I’m pretty sure. Or maybe not.
This is not supposed to happen in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave:
McALESTER, Okla. — What was supposed to be the first of two executions here Tuesday night was halted when the prisoner, Clayton D. Lockett, began to twitch and gasp after he had already been declared unconscious and called out “man” and “something’s wrong,” according to witnesses.
Some people in America are squeamish about using the word “torture” — but if this isn’t torture, what the hell is?
“This was botched, and it was difficult to watch,” said David Autry, one of Mr. Lockett’s lawyers.
A doctor started to administer the first drug, a sedative intended to knock the man out, at 6:23. Ten minutes later, the doctor said that Mr. Lockett was unconscious, and started to administer the next two drugs, a paralytic and one intended to make the heart stop.
At that point, witnesses said, things began to go awry. Mr. Lockett’s body moved, his foot shook, and he mumbled, witnesses said.
At 6 :37, he tried to rise and exhaled loudly. At that point, prison officials pulled a curtain in front of the witnesses and the doctor discovered a “vein failure,” Mr. Patton said.
A couple of things here. Let’s deal with the obvious first: Clayton Lockett (who did die, of a heart attack, 40 minutes into the process) committed a horrific crime — he and his accomplices also tortured the 19-year-old woman that they murdered. He deserved to spend every day of the rest of his life behind bars. But at the end of it all, there’s a reason why we like to call ourselves a civilization. Society is supposed to be better than the individuals that we must punish, and so the answer to violence is never pre-meditated state-sponsored violence. That’s why the death penalty has been virtually banned by advanced democracies, and for the most part only takes place for the most part in ruthless dictatorships like North Korea, China, and Saudi Arabia.
More at the link or you can read up on the background of the cases here: Oklahoma Botches Execution, Postpones Another — NYMag
After a lengthy legal battle over Oklahoma’s refusal to disclose the source of drugs used in lethal injections, two men were scheduled to be put to death tonight in the state’s first double execution since 1937. However, the second inmate was given a stay of execution after the first execution went horribly awry. Ten minutes after he was injected with a sedative, Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious. Then as the doctor injected two drugs meant to paralyze him and stop his heart, Lockett began to writhe on the gurney and tried to get up. “This was botched, and it was difficult to watch,” said attorney David Autry, who represented Lockett.
A curtain was closed to prevent witnesses from seeing what was happening, and a doctor discovered that Lockett’s vein had ruptured. “There was some concern at that time that the drugs were not having that (desired) effect, and the doctor observed the [vein] at that time and determined the line had blown,” Robert Patton director of the Department of Corrections, said at a press conference. Lockett’s execution was halted 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. About 25 minutes later, he died of a heart attack.
I am sure more blogs will have discussions on this today…we will see what comes of it as the news cycle progresses.
Meanwhile, I will give you the rest of the links in dump fashion, I feel another migraine coming on…and the nausea is hitting me all of a sudden:
Cannonfire_: Slavery: You’re wearing it
This is creepy:
Sheriff urged to clamp down on armed militiamen around Bundy ranch
A growing number of Bunkerville residents want to see the armed militiamen guarding rancher Cliven Bundy leave Nevada, according to a letter from Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
Horsford, whose congressional district includes Bunkerville, wrote that his constituents are concerned about Bundy supporters carrying weapons near local churches, schools and elsewhere….
Wait, it gets worse.
The letter also says militiamen have a presence on state and local roads as well as federal highways. In some areas, according to the letter, militiamen have set up checkpoints where drivers are stopped and asked to provide a proof of residency….
There’s no government for these people, except what suits them. There’s no law, except what they agree with. Even if you think border enforcement is the absolute #1 priority for the U.S. government, with everything else a distant second, which one of us got to vote on designating these clowns as our new Border Patrol?
You can argue that these self-appointed substitutes for legally constituted law enforcement agencies are taking the Declaration of Independence seriously — “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it” and all that — but they decide who constitutes “the people,” and they don’t care that the majority of us, however dissatisfied we might be, didn’t ask for a revolution, and certainly didn’t ask
them to be our vanguard army, or to choose the issues over which the fighting should take place.
More at the link.
Gawd..if I didn’t feel like puking because of this headache that Beck story alone would do the trick.
Wait…that was the icing on the cake.
Think of this as an open thread and have a good day.