Skip to comments.Lawyers Tried to Stop Botched Execution After 1 Hour
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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Bring back public hangings.
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.
Even a badly botched hanging will only take 30 minutes or so . . . or produce a gory decapitation.
Botched? You mean the guy lived?
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.
Hanging was cheaper and greener.
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!
Some drugs have been discontinued due to the policies of companies that produce them. Different combinations have been introduced with varying results.
seems like a firing squad would get the job done without any such issues.
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.
The description of the crime (double murder) is towards the end.
So we have lots of public witnesses when years later we found out we hung the wrong guy?
Gosh I feel sorry for murderers.
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)
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.
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.
Every execution should be like this - painful and take two hours.
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.
I was thinking the same thing. They seem to care more about the thugs than the victims.
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.
One of the few things the French did right... guillotine!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
That’s the way I want to go out. Sedated and sleeping peacefully, like my grandfather did.
Not screaming in terror like his passengers.
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!
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.
He’s dead Jim...
Put them in a gas chamber and replace the air with nitrogen. The speed of the replacement can be commensurate with the crime.
“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...”
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
Isn’t there a machine which kills beef cattle quickly and efficiently?
Why not use some variation of that?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
25 years ago !!
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.
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.
“Its 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?