Fox news reports, in Executed Killer Likely Felt Pain: Expert http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Feb12/0,4670,DeathPenalty,00.html:
"There are strong signs that a convicted killer felt pain during his botched execution, but there is no way to tell for sure because blood samples were taken too late, an expert told a commission reviewing Florida's execution procedures Monday."
This reportedly is related to the death of Angel Nieves Diaz, 55, was executed in Florida in December 2006; and it apparently took about a little mjore than 1/2 hour for them to do him in with lethal injection. Of course the anti-death penalty folks are watching this like hawks watching a scared rabbit, just waiting to swoop in for their own sorrt of a kill in trying to use this case to kill the death penalty. I think that their arguments suck and here is why:
So what if the convicted and sentenced to die felon felt some pain in that 34 minutes. He already lived 27 years longer than did the person whom the court decided he had killed. In fact he probably felt more pain, suffering the mental cruelty of being behind bars for a crime he claims he did not commit, and probabaly suffered even more pain being forced to eat prison food, and probably was the recipient of pain aimed at him in prison fights, and all that garbage than he did in that halh hour or so. So what, am I supposed to feel sorry for him over that. Am I supposed to feel bad about it? I don't; and the only way I would feel bad is if it was ever revealed without a doubt that he had actually been innocent, which at the moment is very doubtful. In fact I feel kind of like justice was done, and I know for sure this man will never again be able to commit a crime that hurts another person.
I just wish the sobbers and moaners who think his life was worth saving had all attended the funerals of a few folks who had been murdered. They may think differently if they ever do so. I see no reason to let a heinous killer live. Peodophiles who rape, molest and hurt children are the same, they has no just reason to live. Traitors in time of war are the same. They are all shipmates in the same boat - one at which a torpedo should be fired. Of course, at the same time, I believe that if there is any type of DNA evidence that would play a role in their cases it should be revealed. This is not to say that DNA evidence should be hunted down after a conviction by the government. This is to say, that if the defense or the prosecution becomes aware of existing DNA evidence on which a case or execution may hinge, then it needs to be investigated fully before an execution can be carried out. No need to hang a man, when there is evidence that could exonerate him. Of course there should be severe penalities for trumping up any such evidence as well.
When it all comes down to it though, if a guy or gal is guilty of certain crimes, and there is no reasonable doubt, then execute away, and yes I could do the deed.
All the best,
First Plum Flower of (Early) Spring
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