Lawyers call for outside probe of 'bungled' Arizona execution

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andyoo wrote:

do they criminals wish for the firing squard now?

Jul 24, 2014 10:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sleeperdvr wrote:

These drugs do not cause death. They cause unconsciosness/amnesia (From Midazolam) and analgesia or pain relief (from Dilaudid).
Death from these drugs arises from complications associated from these drugs. Described in these “botched” executions are expected. Overdose of these drugs lead to decline and absence of breathing (hypoventilation and respiratory arrest) slowly resulting in life threatening acidosis (body’s chemical balance is lost) and hypoxia (oxygen deprivation). Brain injury then brain death comes only after several minutes to well more than an hour. This takes so long because with every breath, even gasp, that was observed this person recieved some oxygen and some ventilation.
In the mean time, often contents from the stomach will back flow into the mouth resulting in cough, gasping, and vomiting.
The heart will not stop beating and pumping blood until well after permanent brain injury and even can be pumping blood after brain death. The heart muscle injury from hypoxia and acidosis is slower than brain tissue.
If you believe in the Death Penalty by drugs the the old drug combinations more humane. The drugs provided unconsciousness but also the muscle paralytic stopped breathing, gasping in moments (not hours) therefore faster brain death and the potassium stopped the heart from beating in moments,also prompting heart and brain death.

Jul 24, 2014 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:

All this sympathy for a convicted murderer! It is unfortunate that the punishment does not fit the crime. Imagine how much crying there would be if the convicted died as painful a death as their victims?

If the people crying for these murderers want to stop the death penalty, then focus your efforts on preventing the murders in the first place.

We have seen the failure of locking someone up for life without parole. Just look to Texas where just such a group escaped prison and murdered a Policeman. If they had been put to death when first convicted, they would not have been able to commit this Policeman’s murder.

Jul 24, 2014 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
birder wrote:

Abandon the death penalty? Ha!!! What is wrong with a good noose around the neck. Cheap, exciting, entertaining. Need about 50 of these a day telecast. maybe then these thinking of shooting someone would think again.

Jul 24, 2014 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Agence21 wrote:

Difficult to be sympathetic for people who killed others so violently, and caused such horrific pain for their victims.

Jul 24, 2014 12:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nosense2day wrote:

Have to agree with Robert76 and birder. I lean toward the good Ole West hanging in the town square. But if the drugs are such an issue, the punishment should be the same as what the murderer did to their victims. Imagine the backlash from the “wahhhh the death penalty is bad” clan when one of these vial humans goes thru days of torture and then has a bullet put in their head.

Jul 24, 2014 12:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoutherRican wrote:

It’s really funny how much people are concerned about the criminal. That is when the crime happens to someone else, were the victim your mother, wife or child things would be different. Life is simple, one round in the back of the skull or between the eyes and no suffering, he would not even hear the bang.

Jul 24, 2014 12:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoutherRican wrote:

It’s really funny how much people are concerned about the criminal. That is when the crime happens to someone else, were the victim your mother, wife or child things would be different. Life is simple, one round in the back of the skull or between the eyes and no suffering, he would not even hear the bang.

Jul 24, 2014 12:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
doncraw wrote:

I know he was such a bad guy we had to put him in prison and all but Dr. Jack Kevorkian didn’t seem to have these kinds of issues. Maybe we should adopt his strategy or is that too humane?

Jul 24, 2014 12:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ZJr wrote:

They could have shot him in the stomach and let him bleed out like he did his girlfriend. But how to make him pay for killing her brother too?

Sounds like he got what he deserved. Slow fish out of water death.

Why do we have to pity these POS.

Jul 24, 2014 1:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The Anti capital punishment crowd has made the old drugs unavailable and the substitutes don’t work as well. If this man suffered, It is because of the efforts of those who oppose capital punishment. They seem to have adopted the same strategy as Hamas. Use the pain and suffering of others for their own agenda.

Jul 24, 2014 1:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
marc5477 wrote:

They should be killed the same way they killed their victims. For multiple victims we should increase the severity of pain linearly. No sympathy from me. They chose to commit the crimes and by doing so they took themselves out of the rule of law that prevents murder and torture. I believe in the golden rule but I also believe that the golden rule can be applied here. If someone chose to kill another then they themselves have agreed to be killed.

Jul 24, 2014 1:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dr_Steve wrote:

Bring back Old Sparky.

Jul 24, 2014 1:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ajz wrote:

Yes you’re right. We need to stop waiting 20 yrs to kill them.

Jul 24, 2014 1:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gmfpike wrote:

Don’t want to die this way? Don’t murder people….pretty simple…

Jul 24, 2014 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
unclesam328 wrote:

All I can think of is how long did the victims and their families suffer? If you are in a hurry for him to die, put a bullet in his head.

Jul 24, 2014 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gulden_NL wrote:

Sayanora!

Jul 24, 2014 1:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
venimdenim wrote:

Off with their heads…Guaranteed Death

Jul 24, 2014 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
newlygrad wrote:

Behead them like executing King Louis XIV. Guarantee instant death with least pain, no lapse as in lethal injection, hanging or electric chair. Drugs don’t always work as individuals respond differently. Now is protracted pain of death as worst as Islamic stoning.

Jul 24, 2014 2:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TimSimms7 wrote:

This is not about sympathy for a convicted murderer. This is about we as a society being better than that murderer.

Jul 24, 2014 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RichardJR wrote:

@Robert76 Imagine if the convicted criminal suffered the same as his victims only to later find out that he was not the perpetrator…

Jul 24, 2014 2:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Carmi wrote:

Two hours is not long enough.

Jul 24, 2014 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
calebtaursus wrote:

Any cries for stopping executions from “new” protesters or just from the same old crybabies who worry about these offenders but not one ounce of pity for their victims!

Jul 24, 2014 3:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
donnci wrote:

Wood served his due. The end of a 20-year wait, a bit messy but nevertheless served.

Jul 24, 2014 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CrowdsGather wrote:

We don’t need to ‘rethink’ the death penalty just the way that sentence is carried out. A firing squad would be best, especially in the case of the unrepentant, vicious Wood.

Jul 24, 2014 3:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Trichiurus wrote:

And did his victims die humanly? The guillotine is still the most effective tool. There is no tidy way to do away with murderers. Society needs to get over its squeamishness and understand that incarceration is not punishment these days.
Criminals indeed not only have more rights that the average citizen, they get legal/social/political pampering while the victim’s families get brushed off and forgotten. The victim’s families have a life sentence, which can also result in death. Justice is defined by political correctness and not by what is just.

Jul 24, 2014 5:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vangogh61 wrote:

OMG, didn’t Michael Jackson demonstrate propofol is the drug of choice for napping and not waking?

Jul 24, 2014 5:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:

RichardJR – you must have missed the TV interview with the relative who was wounded during this murder. He was an eye witness. This particular murderer was not innocent.

I have to agree with you that we would hate to see someone put to death who was innocent. If there is any doubt of innocence, the jury should have found him not guilty. Or the attorneys should have used same in appeals. In this case there was no doubt, and the attorneys did not appeal his guilt – only the use of the drugs to execute this guy.

Jul 24, 2014 5:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IamBAD1 wrote:

May I remind everyone that this isn’t about the victims Joseph Wood. This case will now be about the State of Arizona violating the 8th Amendment Rights of Joseph Wood.

Jul 24, 2014 5:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
igot wrote:

Bungled ???

I thought “dead” was the desired outcome.

Jul 24, 2014 5:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tony4 wrote:

I guess these lawyers are good wit the heinous crimes he committed…making him a victim is mindless

Jul 24, 2014 7:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zilwiki wrote:

The lawyers represented their client as the law *requires* them to.
That seems to rub some of you the wrong way, just like the Constitution does.

Jul 24, 2014 8:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zilwiki wrote:

The lawyers represented their client as the law *requires* them to.
That seems to rub some of you the wrong way, just like the Constitution does.

Jul 24, 2014 8:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:

Trichiurus,

Incarceration is not punishment? Go ahead and volunteer for a life in prison sentence without possibility of parole.

Jul 24, 2014 11:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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