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Saturday, July 26, 2014

More Death Penalty Problems

An execution of an Arizona inmate took almost two hours last Wednesday. Most executions only take around 10 minutes. An hour into the execution, the federal public defender sent two lawyers to file an emergency motion to stop the execution. They also called members of the Arizona Supreme Court. Wood died during the discussion.

Convicted double murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood was observed snorting and gasping for breath. The state corrections department disputed saying that he snored. A witness for KSAZ disagreed and called it a "fish on shore gulping for air." Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer stated that Woo must have gasped for air about 640 times.

Gov. Jan Brewer said that they will review the execution, but that "Wood died in a lawful manner." Richard Brown, relative of murder victim Debra Dietz, said that he had no issues with the execution. "This man conducted a horrific murder and you guys are going, let's worry about the drugs."

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the US Circuit Court of Appeals believes that states should return to more "foolproof" methods of execution such as the guillotine and the electric chair. He is most supportive of a firing squad.

Should we, as a nation, be more concerned about the suffering of someone convicted of a heinous act? If since they committed the crime, should they receive a reprieve that they did not offer to their victim(s)?

Should we do away with the death penalty or should it just be modified as Judge Kozinski suggests? Is an execution botched if the recipient is dead?

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