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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