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Alabama Execution

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Update, 5/3 1:38PT: The Supreme Court denied a stay today, reports Garry Mitchell for AP.

The death penalty has been in a deep plane of anesthesia due to the litigation over lethal injection. Well, except in Texas.  But it may be coming out of it. Ohio carried out an execution April 24. The execution of Aaron Jones is scheduled for tomorrow in Alabama for the murder of Willene and Carl Nelson in 1978. Exercising the authority confirmed by the Supreme Court last year in Hill v. McDonough, the District Court denied the stay that Jones requested for his eleventh-hour attack on lethal injection, an attack he could have made years ago. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed. Jones has applied to the Supreme Court for a stay. The docket is here.

If method-of-execution claims brought by inmates nearing execution can be rejected on timeliness grounds, the value of such litigation for the anti side drops dramatically. On a full examination of the merits, the fact that we are now using more than triple the thiopental dose recommended for euthanasia by the Dutch pharmacists should be more than sufficient to refute any claim that the method is cruel. See also here. This is really about delay, not pain.

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Kent, your pun shows that you know there's more to this than the amount of the drug in the syringe.

Florida prepared a knockout dose for the execution of Angel Diaz, but botched it anyway. That's what happens when you have unqualified executioners pumping chemicals into people.

I have a qustion for those who believe in the death penalty. Where is the justice in the death penalty? I understand the individuals on death row murdered someone, and they were in the wrong. What I do not understand if they are wrong in killing another human, why is is right to kill them? Killing is killing, no matter how it is done and who does it. What makes those who support the death penalty and particpate in the killing process any better than the individual who committed murder. Oh it is legal killing!!!!!! It is a DOUBLE STANDARD!

Vicki,

Are you also opposed to imprisoning kidnappers? Your logic would require that conclusion.

Everything we do to punish crime would itself be a crime if done to an innocent person. Imprisoning an innocent person is a crime. Taking someone's property (which is how we enforce fines) is a crime.

Imposing a punishment on a person who is guilty of a crime is, indeed, different from committing the same act against an innocent person, and that is true whether the punishment is a fine, imprisonment, or death.

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