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Posted on 01/29/2014 2:56:36 AM PST by LibloatherEdited on 01/29/2014 2:59:27 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
ST. LOUIS — 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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Just make sure they are dead. -— Cover their mouth with a pillow while they are sleeping.
As much as I distrust the state to put people to death, I also realize we have a lot of vermin who need to be exterminated.
Sounds good to me. I’ve always been partial to the guillotine.
Use .45’s 230 grn, JHP and share 20 gauge loaded with sabots
Be dead right there and then.
You ain’t survivng those loads.
looking at our current national trajectory, I am forced to reconsider my previous position on the death penalty.
I am in favor of the death penalty in certain cases, as long as we are 100% certain we execute the correct person. When it is demonstrated that we executed someone who did not commit the crime, I will be completely opposed to the death penalty ever again being used.
I’m ok with a giant cement bowl and a very large cement ball pushed in at a very high rate of speed
Firing squad- members to be decided by lottery, at $1 a ticket.Proceeds to pay squad’s travel expenses, excess goes to the victim’s family or charity of their choice. Cost to the state- nothing.
With DNA testing foolproof you have almost a 100% chance of getting it right where blood or skin samples have been retrieved from a perp.
Of course not all cases involve perp DNA. And many cases there are no witnesses.
It’s a crap shoot. But fast execution (a year at most...not decades) is need at this time to make execution a deterant.
This is the way they used to do it here. Note the condemned has his back facing the executioner.
Uniquely, Thailand used a single executioner with one stand mounted machine gun per prisoner, to put murderers and drug traffickers to death.
Over 500 people were shot in Thailand between 1937, when shooting replaced beheading and October 2003, when Thailand moved to lethal injection as its sole method of execution.
All those sentenced to death there were held at Bang Kwang maximum security prison, about 20 miles outside Bangkok. The virtually soundproof execution chamber, known as the "Place to Relieve Suffering," contained two wooden crosses and two stand mounted Heckler & Koch 9mm machine guns.
Prisoners were confined in heavy leg irons from the time of sentence to the time of execution, which could be anything from a few weeks to a few years and were told of their fate only hours before they were shot.
On the day of execution, the prisoner was taken from their cell, photographed and fingerprinted. They were then taken to the execution chamber and handcuffed to a cross like wooden frame with their back to the machine gun, four meters behind them. A white cloth blindfold is applied and the hands tied with a sacred Buddhist cord. Flowers are hung from the prisoners hands as an offering to Buddha and a canvas screen is pulled between the condemned and the gun. A target is fixed onto the screen level with the prisoners heart and the gun aimed at the centre of the target. The executioner takes up his position, watching another member of the execution team who raises a red flag, and on the signal from the prison governor, the flag is dropped and the executioner fires a fully automatic burst of 15 rounds into the victims heart.
sounds like just the thing to use on criminal politicians
I am absolutely for the death penalty, when there is physical evidence tying the suspect to the crime.
Without physical evidence, however, we can have a case like that of Tim Masters, who was falsely imprisoned after a kangaroo trial where the prosecutors used weak circumstantial evidence to fabricate a case against him. No murder weapon was found, no blood was found anywhere on his clothes or in his house, there was nothing to tie him to the crime at all. He was imprisoned for 10 years. He has since sued for wrongful imprisonment and received $10 million for it. It’s a shame the taxpayers have to foot the bill for that—as much as possible of that should be taken from the prosecutors who railroaded him.
Electric chairs are green.
Why don’t they look at a different alternative; inert gas asphyxiation.
“After a number of accidents in which humans suffocated in nitrogen without any warning, the suggestion was made in 1995 that hypoxic atmospheres be used for the humane killing of humans.
Execution by nitrogen asphyxiation was discussed briefly in print as a theoretical method of capital punishment in a National Review article, “Killing with kindness capital punishment by nitrogen asphyxiation”.
In a televised documentary in 2007, the British political commentator (and former Member of Parliament) Michael Portillo examined execution techniques in use around the world and found them unsatisfactory; his conclusion was that nitrogen asphyxiation would be the best method.
Nitrogen asphyxiation is not currently used by any government as an execution method.”
It’s worth a look, I’d say.
Complexity should be eliminated.
Hanging is cheap and very effective.
I tried to ask Saddam Hussein but he is very dead.
Public hanging from the village square! The scum will get the message.
"Let's do it."
Last words of Gary Gilmore, January 17, 1977, executed by firing squad, Draper, Utah.
Helium asphyxiation would lead to much funnier last words.
"Wyoming has only one inmate on death row, 68-year-old convicted killer Dale Wayne Eaton."
Yep. It's that whole middle-name-Wayne thing again.
It’s a heck of a lot quicker and cheaper.
What’s wrong with the drugs that the vet uses to put Fido down?
If the drug is humane enough for an animal, then it should be fine for death row scum.
An electric chair is probably a good thing, but with
Coal plants going off line, it should probably be a
hybred, with a small combustion engine to start it
the 5 bolt action 30-06 rifles(one with blanks)that shot Garry Gilmore in Utah in the 1970s, is thankfully, overkill.
lets bring back the high powered rifle firing squad.
All you need is a horse, a tree, and a rope.
That’s twistedly funny.
OK, so they did not commit the crime. That’s ok. But what if they had a mile long rap sheet and society would be better off without them around? I’d feel guilty about it for 10 minutes.
Crimes throughout the entire U.S. and U.S. territories will, greatly, increase after the next round of amnesty for illegal immigrants happens.
Getting ready for a big surge in customers when prosecutions begin for Obama, Holder and their entire crew?
Too many confounding variables.
What is really needed is for a conservative to be chairmen of the Senate and House judiciary committees, and to declare states to be “competent authorities” in carrying out executions, so the methods used are no longer open to federal judicial oversight.
This is part of a larger judicial reform on the subject of the death penalty, which includes:
1) Moving all death penalty appeals to the head of the federal docket of the judge hearing them.
2) That delays in appellate hearings be limited to one month each for the defense, prosecution, and at the discretion of the judge.
3) That unless evidence exonerates the defendant, or court officers in the criminal trial have engaged in criminal misconduct, the federal judge cannot overturn a sentence, or return it to the trial court with instructions to overturn. Instead if he finds in favor of the defendant, the case should be returned to the trial court for reconsideration, without recommendation. If the trial court affirms the sentence, then the issue is closed.
4) The intention is that from the date of sentencing, the most delay any convict should experience before execution is five years, instead of decades.
Nitrogen Asphyxiation - Strap the condemned to a chair, supply 99% Nitrogen gas at 1.1 atmospheres through a breathing mask and a brain monitor. Pump the nitrogen until the brain waves go flat. The condemned goes to sleep and due to the lack of oxygen, dies within 5 to 10 min.
It’s cheap, all natural (our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen already), non-toxic (unlike some gas chamber mixes), painless, no mess to clean up, no chance of failure and no more shortage of drugs.
“Nitrogen Asphyxiation - Strap the condemned to a chair, supply 99% Nitrogen gas at 1.1 atmospheres through a breathing mask and a brain monitor. Pump the nitrogen until the brain waves go flat. The condemned goes to sleep and due to the lack of oxygen, dies within 5 to 10 min.
Its cheap, all natural (our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen already), non-toxic (unlike some gas chamber mixes), painless, no mess to clean up, no chance of failure and no more shortage of drugs.”
Exactly. I’m surprised virtually no one is considering it. It’s not like nitrogen is some or rare or exotic substance, after all; it’s also quick, efficient, no medical skill is required, and it’s foolproof.
***states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past:****
Gruesome? Burning at the stake, the garrote, drawing and quartering, throwing convicts to wild beasts, impaling, crucifixion, skinning alive...THESE are gruesome!
Firing squads, “OLD Sparky” and hanging are not.
As a vet told our horseshoeing class years ago, when he put down a horse. “Always use a needle. It simply looks nicer.”
If you wrongly convict someone and put him in prison, you can always compensate him for the time served/lost. Once you execute him, he’s dead forever. I am less certain of the 100% certainty now than I used to be.
I knew a guy years ago when we were in the Army. He got out (less than favorably) and a few years later he and another guy killed three people in a bank robbery. They got less than $2500. The guy pleaded guilty and dared the judge to sentence him to death. The judge did, and the guy played tough for about 12 years, until his death warrant actually got signed. Then he raised all kinds of havoc with the system, and finally agreed to plead guilty in exchange for not receiving the death penalty. He should have been executed years ago but still draws breath.
In the event of wrongful execution, the damages can be paid to the estate.