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Ohio executes two-time murderer

AP reports from Lucasville, Ohio:

A man was executed Tuesday for beating and stomping to death a fellow jail inmate days after the two had argued over what to watch on television.

Clarence Carter, 49, died at 10:25 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. He was the second inmate killed using the surgical sedative pentobarbital as a stand-alone execution drug.

Carter, who was waiting to be sentenced for aggravated murder in 1988 when he attacked Johnny Allen Jr., looked to see if any of Allen's family members were present. Seeing none, he still delivered an apology.

"I'd like to say I'm sorry for what I did, especially to his mother. I ask God for forgiveness and them for forgiveness," he said.

He smiled at his brother and appeared to pray as the lethal injection began. After several deep breaths, his eyes closed. He fell silent about a minute into the procedure.

Good to see AP referring to pentobarbital as a surgical sedative.  Earlier press reports on this substitute drug, uncritically regurgitating anti-death-penalty spin, have referred to it with the loaded term of "animal drug."  It is used on animals, of course, but it is also used for surgery on humans.  Referring to it as an animal drug is a misleading half-truth.  Even though literally true, it intentionally creates a false impression in the mind of the reader that this drug is not one used for humans.  The intentionally misleading half-truth is the number one weapon of the anti-DP side.

The manner of Carter's departure also contradicts the argument that the death penalty is degrading.  Quite the opposite, it provides an opportunity, for those who wish to take it, to accept responsibility, apologize, and take their punishment in one moment.  Life imprisonment cannot do that, as the punishment is necessarily dragged out over the remainder of their lifetime.  There is a redemption of sorts in this.

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