Skip to comments.States consider reviving old-fashioned executions
Posted on 01/28/2014 6:01:40 AM PST by US Navy Vet
ST. LOUIS (AP) With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers. Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution
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Hanging. Snap. Over.
Public hangings. We should not be executing anyone in a private room. Executions should be done in a public square.
I agree. Hanging is quick, cheap and uniformly effective when done properly. They should also be conducted in public in front of the county courthouse where the crime was committed.
Only if there is audience participation.... 'Who is the lucky boy or girl that gets to pull the lever?!'
Nitrogen. They’ll be out before they know what hit them. Much better than cyanide.
and should be done soon after guilty verdict.
A hanging delayed is a hanging denied.
“With lethal-injection drugs in short supply”
A massive overdose of heroin wouldn’t work?
And I agree with everyone here: public square. Surrounded by a combination of sheriff's deputies and militia.
Yes, a public hanging. Tends to deter future criminal activity as well.
Potassium chloride is cheap and readily available in every hospital.
What’s the problem, aside from feeling like your innards have been napalmed?
bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers
Bring them back. Where is hanging? It should also be done in Prison Yards publicly. Not hidden away.
I don’t understand why this is so hard. Hire one of those euthanasia doctors from Europe. They seem to have it down. It would give them a legitimate outlet for their trade.
I fail to see the “cruel and unusual punishment” aspect for a criminal to be shot, hung or electrocuted after in many cases viciously murdering one or more other humans.
One will note that in many parts of Mexico the vigilantes have taken over public policing after the major fail of the government. When the Mexican government threatened to send in the Federalees, the vigilantes threatened to wipe them out also as accomplices of the drug cartels and local corrupt police. The Mexican government finally relented and made the vigilantes the accepted local police.
IMO, we are getting very close to the end of the death penalty.
The EU knew what it was doing when they leaned on Pharmas to quit selling execution drugs to the states. Look for a deluge of court rulings that will indeed find the alternate methods “cruel and unusual”.
The death penalty may well indeed remain on the books. There will just be no way to enforce it.
I fail to see the cruel and unusual punishment aspect for a criminal to be shot, hung or electrocuted after in many cases viciously murdering one or more other humans.
...the crowing remarks on this topic appear to be tongue-in-cheek, at least hopefully...we should all acknowledge a return to hanging and firing squads will not happen nor should it...
...what I think should happen to violent criminals who ruin a family’s life through murder should be something worse than a mere death...I say mandatory experimental research with unproven drugs, say, along the lines of cancer exploration, or failing that, hard labor in the worst of conditions, those necessary jobs that truly nobody else other than illegals would do, all with minimal nutrition provisions...
Ever wonder why DNA evidence can be used to free people on ‘death row’ ,but is conversely never good enough to execute someone within the same time period someone can be freed after said DNA evidence is used?
String ‘em up just far enough so the condemned is dancing lightly on his tippy-toes. Then be sure you have a corner on popcorn sales. Sales should be brisk.
Big plus, the rope can be used more than once.
it needs to be stressed, again and again, that the constitution does not proscribe cruel punishments, nor does it ban unusual punishments. The constitution bans cruel and unusual punishments. You could burn convicted murderers at the stake in the public square and not violate the plain meaning of the Constitution, as long as you burned all convicted murderers at the stake in the public square.
For all capital cases where the death penalty is being sought, an appeals court judge should sit in the trial while it’s being conducted... After the trial is over, both sides have 90 days to appeal... If the defense can’t make their case in 90 days, then on the 91st day the convicted is put to death...
I’m a fan of “old sparky”...
Do like the old Soviet Union in Lubyanka (sp?). While condemned is being taken to or from his cell, executioner steps up behind him, pistol to skull. BOOM! Done! Cleanup in hall 3...
I'm good with sparky, but electricity cost money. Rope is cheap, reusable, and works wonders for spinal realignment.