Murderers are people, too.

Your "What?!?!" moment of the day:

The most humane preferred-to-murderers-everywhere method of execution is now under attack by the left. That's right: The Supreme Court is allowing a challenge to the constitutionality of the lethal injection.

AP reports:

In an unanimous decision, the court allowed those condemned to die to make last-minute claims that the chemicals used are too painful — and therefore amount to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution's Eighth Amendment.

Nevermind that these men are sentenced for heinous crimes against humanity. It burns their arms! Something must be done.

The winner in the case was Florida death row inmate Clarence Hill, who was strapped to a gurney with lines running into his arms to deliver the drugs when the Supreme Court in January intervened and blocked the execution.

Hill, convicted of killing a police officer, had run out of regular appeals so he went to court using a civil rights law claiming that his constitutional rights would be violated by Florida's lethal injection drug protocol. The court's decision renews his bid to have Florida change its chemical combination.

Kennedy said that Hill is not claiming that he cannot be executed, only that he should not be forced into a painful execution.

This is so unbelievable. Thank God we have justices like Kennedy who value the life of the victim over that of the murderer who took it. Oh wait...

Posted by Portia at June 12, 2006 08:45 AM | TrackBack

Bring back hanging.

And not the "killed by hanging." I mean "hung until dead."

Much more humane.

Posted by: MBC at June 12, 2006 08:49 AM

If children can stand the pain, the burning, the stinging of getting vaccinated, then certainly grown men can handle a little burn.

Drug protocol for murderers. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Dee at June 12, 2006 02:21 PM

How does it "hurt" if you're going to be dead in less than 10 seconds anyway? Isn't it technically supposed to hurt just a little?

I'm all for bringing back "the chair", though...

Posted by: Nasa Nerd at June 12, 2006 03:38 PM

Here in Florida for years our preferred method of execution was "Old Sparky". Of course as he got older Sparky became a little unreliable. There were a few cases where the executioners had to give the bad guys an extra jolt to help them shuffle off this mortal coil. The descriptions of the convicts deaths are horrible and they sound excruciating. That said I'm all for allowing the condemned to pick their method of execution, hanging, firing squad, lethal injection or Old Sparky if they prefer. All that really matters is the final outcome.

Posted by: Janette at June 16, 2006 10:43 AM

We arrested a murder suspect once, and my partner had one of the best lines of all time. When the scumbag, I mean suspect, asked if lethal injection hurts, my partner said, "I dunno, we never get to ask them." I guess that's something....

Posted by: Mike at June 19, 2006 10:34 PM