Lethal injection or time to play possum?

From CNN:

The Ohio Department of Corrections said Joseph Clark, 57, was pronounced dead at 11:26 a.m. ET following an injection of lethal chemicals at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville.

Spokeswoman Andrea Dean said the execution was delayed about 90 minutes because technicians had trouble initially finding a site in Clark’s arm for the intravenous line carrying the chemicals.

Then shortly after the poisons were supposed to have been pumping into his body, she said, he sat up saying, “It’s not working. It’s not working.”

Had I been the one strapped to the gurney, I think I might have just kept my mouth shut.

Stephen Gordon

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  1. That blows.

    I’m not sure if that is an insult to the guy’s intelligence, or if it’s a sad commentary on how the State can’t seem to get even simple killings done right and on time.

    Either way, can you imagine having to tell your jailors/murderers they need to make an adjustment, or they’ll have to keep feeding you?

  2. At the risk of seeming Devil’s Advocate, what if the guy wasn’t killed on time due to The State’s incompetence?

    I have no love for murderers, rapists and child molesters (or traitors, no matter their position within society or government for that matter) and would act as a member of a firing squad for such if I knew beyond any doubt the b@$t@rd did it, but this lethal injection stuff is beginning to sound like Grand Guignol to me. If die they must, then make it quick, if only for the sake of the observers. As much as I’d like to give ‘measure for measure’ to some vicious creep who took his sadistic time in killing an innocent victim, society shouldn’t be in the torture business, period.

  3. I have a difficult time believing that he “sat up”. They are strapped down pretty well on that gurney