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Lethal injection is inhumane



Published: Sun, September 20, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Lethal injection is inhumane

EDITOR:

The colloquial definition of insanity is to do the same thing again and again expecting different results. Using this definition, the state of Ohio is insane to continue administering lethal injection.

Tuesday, we tried to execute Romell Broom. After more than two hours of unsuccessfully searching for a vein to administer the three drug lethal injection, Gov. Ted Strickland issued a one-week reprieve to Broom.

Reading Robert Mackey’s New York Times news blog on Broom’s experience, “botched execution described as ‘torture,’” makes us a bit sick to our stomachs. It makes us really sick when we then think about the fact that Romell’s case is not unique in Ohio. He is the third man in three years to have a botched execution, yet every time state officials stand by our lethal injection procedure.

It is time to stop the insanity. Gov. Strickland, please stop executions in our state until a humane procedure can be determined.

SUSIE and RAY BEIERSDORFER

Youngstown


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1Ceaman(54 comments)posted 5 years ago

What is humane about any execution
The Electric Chair: It must take a good few minutes to strap the condemned into it, and then pull the switch.
The Gas Chamber: The same amount of time as the electric chair, then the condemned has to play the game and breath in the gas.
Hanging: The drop has to be correct or the condemned strangles or like in Iraq they can pull his head off, and worst of all the rope breaks,
Shooting; In the back of the head, messy we can't have that, so out goes the Guillotine as another means of sending the condemned to the next world.
There is no way to make an execution humane and we are supposed to be a civilized society. It's also a lottery
who is executed, a good defense lawyer is bound to get you off 90% of the time if you can afford him. But most defense lawyers who work in private practice cannot be afforded by those who come up on the various charges which demand the death penalty. The most important thing about the death penalty is you can't bring him or her back. Just type this into Google "murderers released after being found innocent"the law is fallible so are juries.

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2woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

What is humane about the acts that these individuals did that made a jury recommend death as their sentence? NOTHING!!! These are the worst of the worst criminals.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

If death was good for the victim then these killers should step right up to the plate for the same fate .

In cases where they can't find a vein the gas chamber should be used as a backup .

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4GuytanoParks(6 comments)posted 5 years ago

*CLUE TO LUCASVILLE: the medical device - ACCUVEIN - has a special light which locates (by illumination; no contact) hard to find veins for the purpose of hooking up an IV (seen on TV show The Doctors, 9/16/09). TIME TO PURCHASE ONE. By the way, why don't they just administer a verrrrry strooooong and lethal dose of anesthesia with that over-the-mouth/nose cover? No needles, no veins, no pain, no problems.

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5justchillin(4 comments)posted 5 years ago

I am sick to death of bleeding hearts who are more concerned with the guilty person's welfare rather than vindication for the innocent life that was taken! Maybe if we made our death penalties even more "inhumane", people who commit these crimes would think again before carrying out these despicable acts. We are a country guilty of allowing our criminals to carry out violent crimes without fear of punishment. Teenage crime is soaring because they aren't afraid of being punished!

The reason this country has so much crime is because we coddle our criminals, allowing them appeal after appeal, rather than carrying out a punishment so swift and vile that it would give them food for thought BEFORE they commit the act. In essence, maybe this fear of pain and suffering would save more people than it would hurt in the end - both victim and abuser.

Where is "humane" in the violence that gets these people the punishment of death penalty? I believe it is more "humane" to inform those who commit these unspeakable acts that if you carry out this crime, you can EXPECT WITHOUT A DOUBT that you will be put to death in the SAME WAY you carried it out on another. One appeal after the original verdict is all you'll get. The end. As a result, this would also free up the courts for others and save county governments huge amounts of cash in food and medical care...not to mention closure for families and friends of the victims. No longer will criminals victimize ALL of us by making us pay for their upkeep.

What could be more humane and fair? If people knew that whatever they did to deserve the death penalty would happen to them, I honestly believe they would think twice before letting their anger/passion/revenge/racism/and the list goes on...get the best of them. I believe crime as we know it would decrease.

And for those of you who worry about the few who die without actually being guilty ask yourself this question: If you had a cure for HIV but a few innocent people had to die in order to get the cure that would protect society as a whole, would you choose to protect those innocent few, or would you choose the majority, aka society? I don't want innocent people to die, but nothing is perfect. We HAVE to make people ACCOUNTABLE for their own behavior!! And an eye for an eye seems to be the most fair way there is to make someone pay for the result of their own violent actions.

(Again, I am talking only about those individuals who get the death penalty).

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6Ceaman(54 comments)posted 5 years ago

And for those of you who worry about the few who die without actually being guilty ask yourself this question:
So Justchillin
I just hope that one day that you are not put into that situation, waiting to die for a crime you did not commit, or are you quite willing to be one of the innocents condemned to die just as long as the guilty get their just deserts. How very altruistic of you. Maybe you could volunteer to see if the lethal Injection really hurts after an hour or two of rather inept attempts to kill you.

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7Search4Answers(726 comments)posted 5 years ago

I'm not for the death penalty because I don't believe we are ones to order people to death. However, the argument that this is somehow inhumane is botched itself. People who have had surgery have about as much claim on calling something inhumane as someone with a botched letal injection.

Which is worse living in a jail for the rest of your life or getting on the fast track out? If I had been in the prison system for 10 years and had life to go I would be taking the easy way out. Lethal injection is the execution equivalent to dying in your sleep, give me a break.

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8woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

TRYNA MIDDLETON PEOPLE!!!!!! She is a 14 yr old girl dead because some pervert released on probation for raping another girl choose to rape and kill her. He should be dead the hell with Romell Broom

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9Search4Answers(726 comments)posted 5 years ago

I don't think anyone can call themselves prolife and be for killing anyone born or unborn. What place do we have to decide the end of a beings life when we ourselves are not the beings responsible for life? Interesting how prolifers ignore life without parole and prochoicers forget the choice was made at conception.

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10ytown9999(55 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ridiculous. Get the maintenance guy to go grab a ball peen hammer. Apply with force to the forehead. Repeat as necessary. Problem solved.

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11woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ohios death row is the best in the country in regards to how the inmates live. Twice a month they are allowed to order food from local restaurants to be delivered. Some of the working class cant take their family out for dinner twice a month. They get alot of perks on the ROW and some of them are very arrogant and unrepentant and its disgusting. So the hell with a little pain. Dont people think TRYNA was hurting while she was forcibly entered by a grown man? Dont you people think she was hurting while she was being stabbed and choked? Broom should be sliced, choked, poked, prodded, and any other act of pain that can be thought of

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Romell Broom deserves another chance to be launched on his final journey . Making him wait is cruel and unusual punishment .

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13Ceaman(54 comments)posted 5 years ago

What if it doesn't work next time just how many attempts should it take 5 or 10, 50, or more when do you say enough is enough?
I agree with you Stan it is a very cruel and unusual punishment and by the Supreme Courts rulings this should not take place.
In 1947 Louisiana tried to Electrocute Willie Francis they even put some electricity through him, the Governor pardoned him to life in prison just like our Governor should.

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14justchillin(4 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Hey Ceaman,

It's thinking like YOURS that has put this country in the state it is in. For anyone who has had blood work done, we all know that people are not perfect and sometimes it may require more than one "stick" with the needle. It happens - just like it happens in lethal injection. So, cry me a river for the murderer who got an extra boo-boo getting his just deserts. There are plenty of innocent children with illnesses who get "stuck" like that every single day....would you be so bold as to call their treatment "inhumane"? He's LUCKY he didn't get put to death like they do in other countries!! Better yet, HE'S LUCKY HE DIDN'T GET KILLED THE WAY HE DELIVERED DEATH TO HIS VICTIM!!

And as for the few innocent who die...there are men and women who go to war to fight for their country EVERY DAY who willingly give their lives (it's called sacrifice!) for what they believe in. So, to answer your question about me dying by lethal injection even if I'm innocent.....yes, it would suck but if it would save society as a whole, yes, I would gladly do it.

The difference between you and me is that I actually BELIEVE that if I say something, it applies to me and my loved ones as well. I'm not willing to let people who kill others live their lives as if the people they killed don't matter! Do you want one of these people as your next door neighbor? It could happen, you know. People who are guilty of horrific things actually get out of jail, free to live their lives right next to you - and more times than not, they kill again.

And as for death row prisoners getting take-out meals and all of those little perks we law abiding citizens have to actually purchase out of our hard-earned money - that's wrong too. Prison is not a hotel and they are not a guest. If they want to live among the masses, they have to abide by the rules. PERIOD.

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15DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

WHY should we keep paying for these a-holes, who cares if its cruel unusual punishment, they did not care when they were killing the person now did they??? A bunch of bleeding hearts, I wonder if your opinion would change if it was your family member??

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16VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Many years ago England sent their criminals to Australia, a desert continent filled with aboriginals and strange animals. Far enough away that it would be impossible for them to come back. We all know how that ended. Why not put all our criminals on a boat and ship them out to the Somalia straights, hoping they are hi-jacked and taken to Somalia as slaves. Possibly, Somalia could eventually turn into another Australia. Let another country pay for their upkeep, instead of spending tax dollars to feed and house criminals.

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17Reader(126 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

I am all for the death penalty and believe it should be administered with in the first year of the conviction. We waste so much money on housing these criminals.

They should have the right to an appeal that must be carried out in less than 10 months of the original conviction. If the jury finds the same, injection with in 60-90 days.
This reduces over crowding in our prisons & jails, saves tax money and puts the victim and their family to peace and closure with out drawing it out years and years.

It is time to change our system to work for the victims and not the criminals. It is time for our system to work to prevent more victims and stop allowing the criminals the chance to re-offend. It is time to give the citizens and victims more rights than the criminals. Our justice system needs a total adjustment.

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18janeyblue(227 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Public Stoning

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19gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

"KILL 'EM ALL & LET GOD SORT THEM OUT"..??
HHHmmmnnnn?

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20smoke3ater(7 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

can't they use a jugular vein for the IV or can the drugs be administered with an IO? If so it's alot easier to drill into the leg than start an IV...don't really miss either...just a though/

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