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Misplaced Complaints September 25, 2007

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

The Supreme Court is setting up its calendar, and one of the first things it put on the schedule is to hear the appeals of two murderers about their lethal injection sentences.

The convicts claim that lethal injection subjects them to “unnecessary” pain and suffering, and so it is a violation of the 8th Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

[Yes, I know, I seem to be obsessed with stories about death these days. Had a personal event that made me stop and think, and death is a common subject now!]

One of these guys shot and killed two cops who came to calm him down during a domestic disturbance. The other shot and killed a husband and wife, and injured their son, after a car accident. So, they deserve what the jury gave them.

Now, let’s stop and think. Convicts facing this penalty always have lawyers who file all of these appeals for them. In the area of lethal injection, their arguments are not novel. Every appeal of lethal injection claims it’s painful, cruel, and unusual. Death penalty opponents (DPO’s) say it causes excruciating pain, but the victim (“victim”, yeah, right!) can’t even cry out because of the other drugs.

Please notice that it is always an inexperienced convict (he hasn’t even been injected yet) and some DPO who file the appeal. How do they know it hurts? How is this more cruel and unusual than what these murderers did?

I say, carry out the sentence. When we get someone who has been injected to say it hurts too much, we may re-open the case. But my question then will be, “It hurts too much compared to what? To what you did to them? To a root canal?”

There is of course an easy way to avoid this injection, after all.

Don’t commit murder.



1. Greg Finnegan - September 26, 2007

Ah, now THERE’s a conservative at heart!

With a good streak, er…, uh…, I mean, liberal tendencies.

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