Skip to comments.Ohio guards: Inmate was urged to fake suffocation
Posted on 01/28/2014 11:19:42 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed questions about the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation.
The Office of the Public Defender said Robert Lowe, one of the attorneys representing inmate Dennis McGuire, was back at work Monday after an internal review failed to substantiate the allegation.
State prison records released Monday say McGuire told guards that Lowe counseled him to make a show of his death that would, perhaps, lead to abolition of the death penalty. But three accounts from prison officials indicate McGuire refused to put on a display.
"He wants me to put on this big show in front of my kids, all right when I'm dying!" McGuire is reported as having told one guard. "I ain't gonna do this. It's about me and my kids, not him and his cause!"
Amy Borror, a spokeswoman for the public defender's office, said all accounts from execution eyewitnesses which did not include Lowe indicate McGuire was unconscious at the time he struggled to breathe.
"We have no way of knowing, obviously, because we can't interview Mr. McGuire," she said.
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Saw this in the local rag today. Amazing from every angle.
Controversial execution in Ohio uses new drug combination
cnn ^ | 1/16/14 | Dana Ford and Ashley Fantz
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:07:58 PM by bestintxas
Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire appeared to gasp and convulse for roughly 10 minutes before he finally died Thursday during his execution by lethal injection using a new combination of drugs, reporters who witnessed it said.
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:20:41 PM by DJ MacWoW
A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die - more than 20 minutes - in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.
so....he is supposed to pull off a convincing theatrical performance while he is actually dying?
That attorney sounds brain dead to me.
Just in case anyone thought a lawyer couldn’t stoop any lower...
A follow up article on some threads you two previously posted.
He's a liberal AND a lawyer. What part of that was unclear to you? ;) Oh, and you can add to your list the condemned guy being motivated enough to bother.
Criminals and lawyers deserve each other.
I fear the court system has went from the goal of seeking justice to seeking how much lawyers can pad their bank accounts...
Did I mention lawyers are an incredible garden soil amendment ?
Some lawyers are bottom of the barrel. Before you say “Just some?” consider that some FReepers are attorneys and Conservative. We need more like them.
And this charlatan gets away with it?
Gets away with it? He’ll be an SC justice before you know it!
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:34:34 AM · 29 of 83
"I bet I could gasp, snort and put on a good show if this was my dying wish."-- TurboZamboni
Just for the record, no one goes into being a public defender for the money.
Don’t the tomatoes and peppers come out tasting litigious?
You can't fake taking a longer time to die.
Yes of course they never make money on the big murder trials they defend...
unless of course you count the books and the offers from the big law firms when they win some big cases. Oh and then of course it always looks good on the political resume...
I am supremely curious why they don’t just administer a general anesthetic, then inject the poison when the guy is comatose. It seems pretty unlikely to me he could suffer under such conditions. They seem to be able to put animals to sleep without too much trouble.
The simplest and least painful method of execution would probably be by inert gas. Just rapidly inject nitrogen or another inert gas into the room, displacing the oxygen. When the blood oxygen drops below a certain point, his lights go off. Leave room at 100% nitrogen for 30 minutes, then evacuate the nitro, go in and dispose of the body.
No problem. Evidence from people who were rescued from industrial accidents indicates pretty strongly there is no pain or sensation to the process.
How can you ask a man sentenced to die to put on a show? That is probably the most disgusting thing I have heard lately. Just because the inmate refused doesn’t mean the attorney’s behavior was not reprehensible. He should have to face a disbarment hearing.
The only clean energy - green friendly way to execute.
Its fast too!
I've wondered the same thing. Why even use poison, just sedate him until his heart stops.
He's about to meet his Creator and get justice or mercy anyway. No point in making it worse than it has to be.
Dont the tomatoes and peppers come out tasting litigious?
Massive shot of heroin?
From the description, he was unconscious before he began to gasp...which means, who cares?
That’s always been my suggestion. Half the guys in the pen are in there specifically BECAUSE they want that stuff so bad they’re willing to steal, kill, etc., to get it, so how could anyone possibly claim it’s cruel?
That’s essentially exactly what they do. For the most part they don’t inject them with poison, just a massive overdose of anesthetic, just like animals. I believe the old protocol chased it with potassium, which you’d consider a poison in this context, but only after they’d been given a lethal dose of sedative minutes earlier. So point is, they’re already doing what you recommend.
The sell a perfectly acceptable combination of chemicals at Lowes and Home Depot for IV use in executions.. It’s called LiquidPlumbr and its cheap too.
Should be a Mythbusters episode.
Who cares?, How long did his victim suffer at the hands of this POS before she died? And then there was the unborn baby who never had the chance to even take a breath.
No pity for him from me, he made a choice and deserved its just reward.
For some reason I’m reminded of the James Cagney,
Pat O’brian movie “Angels with dirty faces”
where Cagney is on death row
and Father Pat tries to convince him to be
cowardly in his last minutes so his gang won’t
make a hero out of his bravery.
When Cagney breaks down at the end, you don’t know
weather it’s an act or what..
Great film.Great acting.
The good one could probably give you some of the best lawyer jokes.
“Let’s go say a prayer for a kid who couldn’t run as fast as I could.”
I have no pity for this POS...the victim’s husband later committed suicide over his grief...
Please be forewarned, the description of his crime is graphic and horrendous, it’s disgusting what he did...he inflicted far more suffering than he received...
I only wish he suffered as much as he pretended to.
Either way, IF Cagney is "faking" the Priest can tell the kids he was a coward at the end, and maybe won't end up like him. Hence Pat O'Brien's tears.
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