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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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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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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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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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