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February 24, 2007

Liberalgeek over at DL linked to an interesting article about a lawsuit levied against the DoC citing that the method of lethal injection used to murder, I mean punish, Delawares worst is cruel and unusual. Of course, true to DNJ form, the article has next to no detail about the specifics of the plaintiffs case. For the first time ever, I’m curious about the form of lethal injection that we use to murd… punish (why do I keep doing that?) our prisoners.

I hope to have the time to take a deeper look into this and find some specifics on why this particular form of killing, rather than killing in general, is so cruel.

In the meantime, death row inmates, enjoy the fact that Delaware can’t punish… ah, fuck it… murder you quite yet.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2007 11:29 am

    Wikipedia says:

    Opponents of lethal injection believe that it is not actually humane as practiced in the United States. Opponents argue that the thiopental is an ultra-short acting barbiturate that may wear off (anesthesia awareness) and lead to consciousness and an excruciatingly painful death wherein the inmate is unable to express their pain because they have been rendered paralyzed by the paralytic agent.

    Pretty cruel, sadly not unusual.

  2. February 25, 2007 11:42 am

    I read that. It’s also true that the wearing off effect is due to the Pentothal spreading out from the brain, where it first locates, to the rest of the body. The surgical injection of 300mg (for a 200lb person) wears off in about 5-20 minutes because the drug saturation in the brain redistributes to the rest of the body.

    The lethal injection dose of Pentohal is 5 grams, whic they say is enough to keep the whole body, including the brain saturated with the drug.

    We don’t know if this is true, since no AMA doctors ar anesthesiologists will participate in a lethal injection due to that pesky Hippocratic oath. That in itself should be a clue as to whether capital punishment is a moral thing to sanction.

    I am working on getting more information together on this, in between sleeping and cleaning up breast milk poop.

  3. Tyler Nixon permalink
    February 25, 2007 9:51 pm

    When man achieves the perfect infallibility of the Creator he will be competent to levy justice by death but will also realize that in death there is no justice.

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