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Fluffing the Pillows for Murderers

Last week, AP had this story on testimony by Timothy Cannon of the Florida Department of Corrections regarding their execution procedures.  The story includes this gem:

"We've changed several aspects of just the comfort level for the inmate while lying on the gurney," he said. "Maybe we put sponges under the hand or padding under the hands to make it more comfortable, changed the pillow, the angle of things, just to try to make it a little more comfortable, more humane and more dignified as we move along."
This morning Reuters had this story on the upcoming execution of Michael Taylor in Missouri and the issues with obtaining the needed drugs.

"We don't torture people, but that doesn't mean we have to make sure the pillows are fluffed," said Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a victims' advocacy group. "The attorneys try to make it all about the inmate. We really should be focused on the crime."
The quote is accurate, but I thought I'd clarify where the "pillow" reference comes from.

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