In the latest bit of lunacy to hit the news, a federal judge blocked yesterday’s execution of convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan, because the State of Arizona had obtained one of the three drugs used in the execution process from Great Britain.

It seems that there is a shortage of the drug sodium thiopental, and the only U.S. manufacturer of the drug says it will not be able to produce any more until at least January.

Attorneys for Landrigan claimed that if the drug did not work properly, their client might suffer during the execution process, which would be a violation of his 8th Amendment right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

In issuing the order to stop the execution, Judge Judge Roslyn Silver questioned whether the British version of the drug might be unsafe, since it has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that FDA approval was not required for drugs that were to be used specifically for executions.

Then, Tuesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted Judge Silver’s stay, in a 5-4 decision. At the time I wrote this blog, there was no news as to whether the execution would take place before midnight, Arizona time.

Cruel and unusual? Okay, does everybody understand that the purpose of the execution is to kill Landrigan? I’m not saying that the state should draw and quarter the man, but let’s get real here! He is a convicted killer, not once, but twice. He was sentenced to death for the 1989 strangulation and stabbing death of Chester Dyer in Phoenix. At the time, Landrigan was an escapee from an Oklahoma prison, where he was doing time on an earlier murder conviction. He wasn’t worried about his victims suffering any cruelty! He has languished in the Arizona prison system for over 20 years, living on taxpayers’ money.

Arizona isn’t the only state having problems because of the shortage of sodium thiopental. A few weeks ago, California was ordered to postpone an execution because their supply of the drug had reached its expiration date. Ohio, Kentucky, and Oklahoma are also putting executions on hold because of the shortage.

Does it really matter where the drugs come from that are used to execute a convicted murderer, or what date is on the vial?? Of course not, this is just legal wrangling by a bunch of attorneys, who are making money off the system, while their maggot clients continue to escape their punishment, and give the rest of society the finger.

Couldn’t a case be made that serving a prisoner his last meal and telling him that you are going to execute him today, and then stopping the process because of a technicality, be considered cruel and unusual? Think of the emotional distress these people must feel when that happens? We need to spare them from that!

Maybe it’s time to to go back to tried and proven methods of execution.  I know for a fact that we don’t have a shortage of bullets in this country. I’ve got enough bright shiny new ones to clear up the backlog in several states myself. And with the budget shortfalls so many states are dealing with these days, I’d be happy to send them a few boxes to contribute to the cause.

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16 Comments on Cruel And Unusual?

  1. Terry Gersh says:

    They should have executed him a long time ago. I think once a person has been convicted and the case has been reveiwed, they should be executed within one year of sentencing.

  2. Frank Serrao says:

    If they did away with the death penalty altogether this would not have been a problem. Aside from this particular case, there are many cases that they have proven after the fact that the person convicted never did commit the crime. Through DNA many a convicted person has been later found innocent. I just saw a case in Texas in which Gov. Perry refused to grant a stay to a convicted man who was proven innocent. This happens too often. I think we should outlaw captial punishment altogether. If you later find the person innocent you can’t bring back his life and in the case of an innocent man this is a travesty of justice.

  3. Jim says:

    Out of fluid? Give them a choice: Rope, Bullet, or Electricity.

    Oh my heart bleeds :(

  4. MichaelG says:

    What, you don’t want to hang them high in public? Make a party out of it like they did in England or the old West?

    You softie!

  5. Why spend all the money foe drugs a 38 special slug is only $1.00 and do it as soon as convicted beyond a reasonable doubt. At $20,000 a year to keep the garbage alive it seems reasonable to save the money and help kids that need it

  6. Joe says:

    Bring back public hangings and you will see the crime rate drop, and a rope would cost so much less.

    Make the laws so everybody can understand them so there is no need for lawyers. Split decisions shows us there are too many grey areas in the laws.

  7. Tom in Ohio says:

    Nick,

    I’ve been thinking about a part time job. If I could get the retirement and medical bennies of our elected officals, I’d pull the trigger on the criminals. Criminals being the convicted, not the elected. No wait…. maybe it is the elected…..darn I hate getting old…I get so dang confused which is which anymore.

  8. Connie Braidh says:

    Unfortunately there are people in this world who are just unstable and are a danger to society. Yes, this man has now been put to death. It certainly will keep him from killing anyone else. He had 20 years to prove his innocence. He was guilty as charged. Now he is no longer a drain on society and he will never again hurt anyone else. That’s what needs to be done to those who are killers.

    My question is why are Charles Manson and people like him still alive? Normal people don’t kill people except in self defense and in war situations. Abnormal people (insane people) kill people. They are all abnormal by definition. Insanity is not a defense in my opinion. They are dangerous and need to be removed permanently. Yes, make sure they did it. But once that is proven eliminate them. It is our (society) fault if they are let out and hurt other people. And we see that over and over again. You have only to read your newspaper to see serial criminals continuing their crimes. Shame on us for not protecting ourselves and others from these monsters.

  9. I’d like to see the death penalty repealed, but then – to hell with “cruel and unusual.” As you noted, these people have not worried about cruel and unusual on their victims, so they should have that right revoked in their own cases too. Put ’em in a tiny cage, feed ’em gruel and pork rinds! No TV, to recreation, no library, no computers. Yeah, their attorney can visit them if they can fit into the cage, and there should be a very short time limit for any appeals.

  10. Wayne Aanerud says:

    Wait the guy is a Killer a three time Killer !! Put him in a bath tub full of water a throw him a Toaster. Job Done !!!

  11. Rich T. says:

    They did execute him late Tuesday after the stay was lifted and I say good riddance!

  12. Ahh lets feed mother nature, do it the old Apache Way: Stake-em to a bed of red ants. Or Maybe alittle wet raw hide trussing.
    And I will double Nicks contribution of bright shinny ones.

    And I’m all for Sheriff Joe re-opening the Yuma prison. Wonderful accomidations going to waste there…..Lots of fresh air in the cell block too….

  13. Gina Ellis says:

    I’ve always thought that condemned prisoners get way too much time between conviction and execution. All that legal wrangling costs people like you and me. It costs way more to execute someone than to simply lock him up with no hope of parole. The financial aspect of the question is the only reason that I’d like to see capital punishment done away with. On the other hand, I really like seeing us rid the earth of people who commit capital crimes. They should never, ever be turned loose in our society. Too bad there’s not a place we can just dump them and let them kill each other.

  14. Howdy Nick,
    My version of execution would be to let them WALK BLINDFOLDED
    ACROSS THE MAC A NAC BRIDGE WITH THEIR HANDS TIED BEHIND THEM..

    No intention of harsh or unusual punishment, just keep walking
    until KERSPLASH!!! Then they could be on the Edmund Fiutzgerald
    crew…

  15. JeffinIllinois says:

    I think we should go back to the rope too. With everyone recycling these days it only makes sense because they are reusable. Kinda gives a knew meaning to the phrase “going green” huh!

  16. The only problem with quick capital punishment of convicted criminals is that some are innocent. As much as we want to see obviously guilty people brought to justice we also don’t want innocent people executed, do we? True, most death row inmates really did the crime, but there have been dramatic exceptions to this. http://www.innocenceproject.org/

    If we look at non-capital cases the rates are even worse. Until you take a close look you may not realize how easy it is to be convicted of a crime. It could happen to you.

    http://boingboing.net/2008/07/.....p-agr.html

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