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Lawyers Tried to Stop Botched Execution After 1 Hour
Newser ^ | 7/24/14 | Rob Quinn

Posted on 07/24/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT by Impala64ssa

"He has been gasping for more than an hour," lawyers said in an emergency appeal to halt the botched execution of Arizona inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood yesterday. "He is still alive." As the hour mark passed, Wood's lawyers filed an appeal to a district court and even called Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the New York Times reports. Kennedy declined to halt the execution, while the district court didn't respond until after Wood had died, almost two hours into a process that usually takes around 10 minutes. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered an investigation into the execution of the 55-year-old who murdered his estranged girlfriend and her father in 1989.

State officials say Wood was comatose and didn't suffer during the execution. "He was snoring," says a spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general. "There was zero gasping or snorting, and that's just the truth. He was asleep." Members of the press who witnessed the execution, however, say they heard a lot of gasping: "He gulped like a fish on land," writes Michael Kiefer at the Arizona Republic. "The movement was like a piston: The mouth opened, the chest rose, the stomach convulsed. And when the doctor came in to check on his consciousness and turned on the microphone to announce that Wood was still sedated, we could hear the sound he was making: a snoring, sucking, similar to when a swimming-pool filter starts taking in air."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: capitolpunishment; lethalinjection
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Gee, I wonder why there's no such graphic details of the final moments of his victims? Isn't it interesting how the anti-DP crowd was never too concerned about the well-being of Tim McVeigh. Or Larry Brewer (White), the SOB who tied James Bird (Black) to the bumper of his truck and dragged him to his death. Not that they didn't get what they deserved, but in typical lib/prog fashion, they're very adept at picking and choosing their fights wisely, aren't they?
1 posted on 07/24/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Bring back public hangings.


2 posted on 07/24/2014 8:41:58 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Impala64ssa

Ok, let’s just make a law that says you can’t kill anyone, assault anyone, or harm anyone....and that will prevent episodes like this.

/sarcasm off


3 posted on 07/24/2014 8:42:36 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Even a badly botched hanging will only take 30 minutes or so . . . or produce a gory decapitation.


4 posted on 07/24/2014 8:43:42 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Impala64ssa

Botched? You mean the guy lived?


5 posted on 07/24/2014 8:44:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Impala64ssa

Why do they have such a hard time? I used to work at a vets and we put hundreds of dogs to sleep with nary a problem ever.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 8:45:20 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Impala64ssa

Hanging was cheaper and greener.


7 posted on 07/24/2014 8:46:40 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Impala64ssa

I really dont understand this. When i had surgery they made me count back from 99... i think i got to 95, then BAM! I was gone... how the hell can it take so long?? They should have something like that, just boom gone!


8 posted on 07/24/2014 8:47:41 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: traderrob6

Some drugs have been discontinued due to the policies of companies that produce them. Different combinations have been introduced with varying results.


9 posted on 07/24/2014 8:48:23 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: dfwgator
Sounds like a successful execution to me! He died!


10 posted on 07/24/2014 8:48:29 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Vigilanteman

seems like a firing squad would get the job done without any such issues.


11 posted on 07/24/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Same people don’t have a word to say about a live birth abortion where the doctor throws the newborn baby into a trash can to suffer his entire earthly life. I hate libs.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 8:49:27 AM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: Impala64ssa
Details in this article:

Too Bad it only took 2 hours

The description of the crime (double murder) is towards the end.

13 posted on 07/24/2014 8:49:58 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Bring back public hangings.

So we have lots of public witnesses when years later we found out we hung the wrong guy?

14 posted on 07/24/2014 8:50:47 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Gosh I feel sorry for murderers.


15 posted on 07/24/2014 8:51:22 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Impala64ssa

An actual citizen witness - and not a media activist - reported that he was snoring, not choking.

She said he looked really peaceful.

Bon voyage, man! (waves)


16 posted on 07/24/2014 8:52:38 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Bubba_Leroy
I say pick executioners just like you pick jury members - from the public.

Execution day is Friday. You get picked for the morning shift, or the afternoon shift (4 hours each).

Televised on channel 11.

You're issued a rifle and a box of bullets when your shift starts.

A recitation of the perp's crimes, in full technicolor. Then bang!

Five minutes to cart off the old one, and strap in the new one, and do it all again.

Relatives of rape/murder/child abuse victims get special priority, if they show up and request it, they get to replace one of the executioners.

If there's not enough work for 4 hours, you go home early.

17 posted on 07/24/2014 8:53:20 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I’m still partial to the electric chair. The whole bit of a killer walking that last mile, with the horrified anticipation of his brain being sizzled by high voltage, has a certain sublime satisfaction for me that lethal injections have never come close to.


18 posted on 07/24/2014 8:53:39 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Impala64ssa

Every execution should be like this - painful and take two hours.


19 posted on 07/24/2014 8:55:28 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Impala64ssa

These “botched” executions make me wonder if the executioner is botching it on purpose. Veterinarians are able to put down dogs with no problem, so perhaps they should be hired to do the executions.


20 posted on 07/24/2014 8:57:16 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: Impala64ssa

I was thinking the same thing. They seem to care more about the thugs than the victims.


21 posted on 07/24/2014 8:57:23 AM PDT by MamaB
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To: Impala64ssa
Only government could complicate such a simple act to the point it cannot be accomplished effectively yet costs astronomical sums of money.

The governments solution, of course, will be to throw more money at it when just a 50¢ cent cartridge would solve the problem saving time, money, pain and embarrassment.


22 posted on 07/24/2014 8:57:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Veggie Todd
Death by SCHAPHISM for sedition, treason, and child rape/child murder!


23 posted on 07/24/2014 8:59:10 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: greene66

One of the few things the French did right... guillotine!


24 posted on 07/24/2014 8:59:42 AM PDT by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

I love westerns. In one, it said people came from 100 miles to see a hanging. There was not much to see/do in the Old West. William W. Johnstone was one of the best western writers.


25 posted on 07/24/2014 9:00:29 AM PDT by MamaB
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To: Impala64ssa

He has been gasping for more than an hour,” lawyers said in an emergency appeal

No one had a pistol handy?
I can assure you he would not have been gasping for a hour...


26 posted on 07/24/2014 9:01:23 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American e GoNot a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Iron Munro
50¢ cent cartridge would solve the problem

Be sure to bill the family of the convicted criminal all legal, investigation, incarceration, and execution bills starting at the date of the crime. Then destroy the family's home. THAT might send a message to future criminals that they MIGHT get caught, and if they do, their entire family suffers horribly.

27 posted on 07/24/2014 9:01:28 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: dfwgator

My thoughts also. If it was botched, he would not be dead. A bit of suffering for a feral human who did what that guy did is a feature, not a bug.


28 posted on 07/24/2014 9:02:02 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: RC one
Americans have always been squeamish about blood. A good, proper hanging doesn't produce any. Practice makes perfect!

When we were doing them regularly, it had the additional advantage of creating a public spectacle and a venue for singing hymns.

I can't think of a better way to really, really p*ss off the ACLU.

29 posted on 07/24/2014 9:02:13 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Impala64ssa
NEXT!
30 posted on 07/24/2014 9:04:37 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Noamie

That’s the way I want to go out. Sedated and sleeping peacefully, like my grandfather did.

Not screaming in terror like his passengers.


31 posted on 07/24/2014 9:04:52 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: hoosierham
Hanging was cheaper and greener
Hey, there's a practical use for hemp.
32 posted on 07/24/2014 9:05:48 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: edpc

You could always do away with the new drugs and inject FRACING Water. (normally used for fracing wells) They say that’s pretty deadly, and its bound get some liberals completely wound up!


33 posted on 07/24/2014 9:09:16 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Impala64ssa

TFB


34 posted on 07/24/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: Impala64ssa

One question: Did he care if his victims suffered?

Didn’t think so and as far as I’m concerned, the legal system should show the same amount of concern to him.


35 posted on 07/24/2014 9:11:25 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Impala64ssa

He’s dead Jim...


36 posted on 07/24/2014 9:12:03 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: kjam22

Put them in a gas chamber and replace the air with nitrogen. The speed of the replacement can be commensurate with the crime.


37 posted on 07/24/2014 9:18:03 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Impala64ssa

“At 8:50 a.m., a Tucson Police officer saw Defendant driving in a suspicious manner near the shop. The officer slowed her patrol car and made eye contact with Defendant as he left his truck and entered the shop. Eugene was on the telephone in an area where three other employees were working. Defendant waited for Eugene to hang up, drew a revolver, and approached to within four feet of him. The other employees shouted for Defendant to put the gun away. Without saying a word, Defendant fatally shot Eugene once in the chest and then smiled. When the police officer saw this from her patrol car she immediately called for more officers. Defendant left the shop, but quickly returned and again pointed his revolver at the now supine Eugene. Donald Dietz, an employee and Eugene’s seventy-year-old brother, struggled with Defendant, who then ran to the area where Debra had been working.

Debra had apparently heard an employee shout that her father had been shot and was trying to telephone for help when Defendant grabbed her around the neck from behind and placed his revolver directly against her chest. Debra struggled and screamed, “No, Joe, don’t!” Another employee heard Defendant say, “I told you I was going to do it, I have to kill you.” Defendant then called Debra a “bitch” and shot her twice in the chest...

...Although he did not testify, Defendant did not dispute his role in the killings but argued he had acted impulsively and without premeditation...

...This court has “long held that where the existence of premeditation is in issue, evidence of previous quarrels or difficulties between the accused and the victim is admissible.” Jeffers, 135 Ariz. at 418, 661 P.2d at 1119 (citing Leonard v. State, 17 Ariz. 293, 151 P. 947 (1915)). Such evidence “tends to show the malice, motive or premeditation of the accused.” Id. at 418, 661 P.2d at 1119 (emphasis added). In some cases, of course, such evidence may also show lack of premeditation. In either event, it is relevant. Defendant’s abuse of Debra falls squarely within this rule and, under the facts of this case, tends to show both motive and premeditation...”

http://leagle.com/decision/1994233180Ariz53_1222.xml/STATE%20v.%20WOOD


38 posted on 07/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Technically because of the way our legal system is set up no innocent person has ever been executed.

If we accept the premise that if a jury rules “not guilty” regardless of the facts (and we later learn that person was in fact guilty) in the eyes of the law, they are innocent.

The reverse is also true. We have safeguards and appeals. By the time the death penalty is applied the condemned has had multiple reviews of their case.

Even if after all that, we discover that the person was in fact did not commit the crime, they are still “guilty” having been found so by a jury of their peers.

While the death penalty is not 100% free from mistakes, there is one thing we all can agree on, no one that has been executed has ever killed an innocent person again. That can not be said for the many once convicted death row inmates that somehow found themselves out among the people again.

How many innocent victims must there be to satisfy those that oppose the death penalty?

One last item. Life is unfair. People die everyday from things other than old age. Accidents, war, murders, diseases, why is it the only thing that concerns the left is the death penalty.

I am sure the victims of these convicted killers wished they had years of appeals before they died.

At least that is my opinion


39 posted on 07/24/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: RC one

Isn’t there a machine which kills beef cattle quickly and efficiently?

Why not use some variation of that?


40 posted on 07/24/2014 9:26:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Easy way to solve the problem, feed them to starving lions.

It’s a win win, lions get feed and we save on buying meat.


41 posted on 07/24/2014 9:35:25 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Impala64ssa

I think we’ve found a solution to the problem...

“The free bolt stunner is used for the emergency, in-the-field euthanasia of large farm-animals that cannot be restrained. It differs from a true captive bolt gun in that the projectile is not retractable; it is similar in operation to a powder-actuated nail gun or conventional firearm. Capable of firing only when pressed firmly against a surface (typically the animal’s forehead), the device fires a small projectile through the animal’s skull. The veterinarian can then either leave the animal to die from the projectile wound, or administer lethal drugs.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_bolt_pistol

Problem solved!


42 posted on 07/24/2014 9:35:30 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Impala64ssa
Lethal injection simply takes too long and can produce these effects. Albert Pierpont,Britain's famous hangman, believed that the execution should go as quickly as possible and any delay was cruel. He prided himself on being able to manacle the condemned, set the hood and the noose and spring the trap in less than 30 seconds. Surely there are better means of dispatching these murderers such as nitrogen asphyxiation.
43 posted on 07/24/2014 9:35:33 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: traderrob6

It’s because the left cares about multiple murderers more than anybody or anything in the universe except Islam...therefore, the drugs have to be so “gentle” that they’re less effective, depending on the person and his drug tolerance. I’d say in his case, the latter was probably pretty high.


44 posted on 07/24/2014 9:37:50 AM PDT by livius
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To: BenLurkin

I am more of a repent by suicide type of guy. For the rest of the convicts life, he will live alone in a windowless room where sticking out of the wall is a button and right above that a hole with where the bullet will enter the brain. The ony way the bullet will fire is the convict must stand on a floor plate, place his eye on a retina scan and once positioned activates the device with finger print.

It is only at that point where the convict can push the button and the bullet will enter the brain, killing the convict. the body is removed, the cell is self cleaning and is ready for the next convict.


45 posted on 07/24/2014 9:39:45 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: Impala64ssa
...55-year-old who murdered his estranged girlfriend and her father in 1989.

25 years ago !!

46 posted on 07/24/2014 9:41:19 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: traderrob6

They didn’t use enough of the drug. Arizona uses only 50mg of midazolam hydrochloride followed up with hydromorphone. Here in Florida, we use 500mg of midazolam followed up with a cocktail of other drugs. The 500mg is about 40x the the normal dosage used in theraputic medicine and 250mg would render someone unconscious in about 4-5 minutes according to a court expert (Chavez et al v. Palmer). The second drug used in Florida eliminates any involuntary twitching of muscle fibers. It is the third drug in the drug cocktail, potassium chloride that actually stops the heart.

Plus we have another full set on hand for use if necessary.


47 posted on 07/24/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT by Politico2isBack
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To: SpinnerWebb

Holy Cripe!


48 posted on 07/24/2014 9:53:57 AM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall pass.")
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To: traderrob6

The drug companies refuse to sell the proper drugs for execution. If they would, it would be just as easy for a human to be put down as it is for a suffering animal.


49 posted on 07/24/2014 10:02:45 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: livius

“It’s because the left cares about multiple murderers more than anybody or anything in the universe except Islam”

Aren’t you being a little redundant here?


50 posted on 07/24/2014 10:03:25 AM PDT by fredhead (Join the Navy and see the world.....77% of which is covered in water.)
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