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The Supreme Court will consider whether an execution will cause needless suffering

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CaptainRon

I am a proponent of the death penalty. I believe that some have abrogated their claim to be human beings and are no more than animals that need to be put down. That said the expense and hassle to continue with the program is no longer tenable. Hopefully in listening to our more compassionate side we remember never to allow any of these killers to see the streets again. In what are now capital cases judges should have the ability to sentence life without chance for parole.

MagicMoneyFrog

Just bring back the firing squad. Simple and painless.

ashbird in reply to MagicMoneyFrog

Haha! Not that it matters, but sounds like a tri-color in good old division of labor. Somebody is executed, somebody do the execution, and somebody do the clean-up. I heard squad teams in the old days had one bullet among the team members, and none of them knew who had which. Whoever had the real thing had better be a good marksman, or it could be painful, 'cause you'd have to send them back and return to redo the job. On the other hand, an AR-15 fires 200-400 RPM, 100-200 per 30 seconds, 50 to 100 per 15 sec.... Maybe there is a good use for it after all. [We are treading on morbid territory. Let's stop. :)].

ashbird in reply to ashbird

This one is not so morbid. Because it has to do with job creation opportunity. A permanent contract could be awarded, without the "bidding" customary in construction projects (like towers, bridges, walls, etc), to NRA at $xx per quick death accomplished, pay raise adjusted annually to inflation.

Houshu

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Great idea! @ashbird, especially the method of overdose on Fentanyl. There are voluminous data and testimonies that overdose is absolutely painless, while other methods are only second-guessed by how much thrash the condemned exhibited, even the seemingly peaceful method of hanging can cause great suffering of the mind, as being described in detail in "an occurrence at owl creek bridge"...

ashbird in reply to Houshu

Ha! Fentanyl is an opioid. Rapid onset, short half life, both are reasons why it is a "preferred" drug for advanced addicts. The onset and half life properties make it doubly lethal in addictive potential. As a death drug, it would seen addiction would not be an issue. There must be a reason why it is not used. I don't know what that might be.

ashbird

Is there not a "best solution" for this issue, once and for all, short of commuting death sentence to life behind bars, which is not what the man is asking?
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The solution is have the person choose several alternative methods to die - hanging, nitrogen, a bullet through the head, or a killer-dose of Fentanyl. The last will, by definition, accomplish the job quickly and entail the least pain. In fact, virtually no pain, except an initial prick in the vein, being a rapid acting narcotic analgesic. After all, every day in America, hundred of of folks die injecting themselves with the stuff, voluntarily, eagerly, enthusiastically.

LexHumana

I think hanging is still an internationally accepted methodology. If it was good enough for Saddam, I suppose it is good enough for this fellow.

ashbird in reply to LexHumana

It seems to me many people have the notion that dying supine on some surface is less painful than being hanged. Not sure that is the case.
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Also people are squeamish about the method to execute a person convicted of a heinous crime (can't get too much more heinous than this guy). But hesitate not one second when they decide to drop a bomb that would kill hundreds, or even thousands, of innocent civilians, calling that by the neat name "collateral damage". Very strange when you really think about it.

guest-ajnjljwn

Poor guy.
I sure hope his medical condition didn't impair him from murdering the owner of the house, disfiguring his ex-girlfriend, causing great trauma to her son and so on.