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Executions to resume after high court OK’s lethal injections

April 16th, 2008 . by TexasFred

WASHINGTON (AP) - The longest pause in executions in the U.S. in 25 years is about to end. A splintered Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday, approving the most widely used method of lethal injection.

Almost immediately, Virginia lifted its moratorium on the death penalty. Mississippi and Oklahoma said they would seek execution dates for convicted murderers, and other states were ready to follow.

A nearly seven-month halt in executions was brought on by the court’s decision to review Kentucky’s lethal injection procedures, which are similar to those in roughly three dozen states. The break is the longest since a 17-month period ending in August 1982.

Voting 7-2, the conservative court led by Chief Justice John Roberts rebuffed the latest assault on capital punishment, this time by foes focusing on methods rather than on the legality of the death penalty itself. Justice John Paul Stevens voted with the majority on the question of lethal injections but said for the first time that he now believes the death penalty is unconstitutional.
The case decided Wednesday was not about the constitutionality of the death penalty generally or even lethal injection. Instead, two Kentucky death row inmates contended that their executions could be carried out more humanely, with less risk of pain.

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Executions to resume after high court OK’s lethal injections

Actually, I have very little to say on this matter other than to ask this of the death row inmates that are worried about their executions being carried out more humanely, with less risk of pain: Did you consider ANY of that when you committed the murders that landed you ON death row??

Did you consider the pain, the suffering or the sheer terror that was felt by your victims?? I seriously doubt it…

I hope it hurts like hell when they inject you with the killer cocktail, I hope it’s the most excruciating pain a body can know, it will help to prepare you for your next destination…

Edited to Add: AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding lethal injection sent a shudder through death row Wednesday, and prosecutors and governors around the country said they would move forward with carrying out death sentences as quickly as the courts can set execution dates.

“It’s just terrible,” said Paris Powell, a convicted killer at the Oklahoma State Prison in McAlester. He added: “It’s like the air has just been let out of a balloon. There’s disbelief that the ruling came so quickly, but it goes further than just right now. It’s now official that the death penalty is here to stay forever, really.”

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Killer on execution ruling: ‘Just terrible’

It sucks to be you, do you suppose you should have thought of how terrible it was for the person you killed?? Before you killed them??

And here’s something to think about while you wait for the needle, the death penalty may very well be here forever, but for the person you murdered, their death is here forever too, chew on that while you wait!

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12 Responses to “Executions to resume after high court OK’s lethal injections”

  1. comment number 1 by: BobF

    A splintered Supreme Court? I would think a splintered court would be a 5-4 vote, not a 7-2 vote. To me, a 7-2 vote in favor is an overwhelming majority, not a splintered court.

  2. comment number 2 by: jo

    These sub human criminals do not deserve a *humane* death, but if that’s what it takes to make them go bye bye, so be it.
    Seriously, all this whining over the death penalty needs to stop. The first time someone is busted for a crime, they need an education in where they’re headed…and if they end up on death row, well hell, I consider it suicide then.
    Thank God SCOTUS still has an ethical person or 3. Maybe.

  3. comment number 3 by: Kate

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…..One bullet, made of lead…through the heart….no muss, no fuss. Deader’n a doornail! And a whole lot cheaper than all those drugs.

    Hey, maybe they can use all those toys from China to make the ammo. :)

  4. comment number 4 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    Check it out. 7 to 2. Wonder who dissented? Hmm. Would that be GINSBERG and SOUTER??

    And typifying the decision as splintered is, as BobF says, an overwhelming smack in the jaw, not even REMOTELY close to being “splintered.” Once again, MSM B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T.


  5. comment number 5 by: GM Roper

    I guess I’ll be the desinting conservative here. My faith tells me that life is given by God and I don’t think a death penalty is appropriate (though, to be honest I would not have qualms about seeing a bin Ladin or Stalin or Hitler executed). I would rather see a convicted killer really hurt as in life in prison - no parole, hard labor in all weather, no amenities like TV, radio, newspapers etc. Breaking great big boulders into stone chips sounds good. I’m against abortion and euthanisia for the same reasons… Those are lives of God and except in cases of war and self defense or defense of your loved ones, I don’t think a religious person should take life. At least that’s the way I see it. I also think it is currently the law and that is as it should be, but I would like to see the law changed.

  6. comment number 6 by: TexasFred

    GM Roper Says:
    April 16th, 2008 at 8:16 pm
    I guess I’ll be the desinting conservative here. My faith tells me that life is given by God and I don’t think a death penalty is appropriate (though, to be honest I would not have qualms about seeing a bin Ladin or Stalin or Hitler executed).

    GM, you know I respect you more than anyone on the ‘net, but I have to say, that from a psychological standpoint, that’s a bit of a double standard… If you can execute an individual for committing mass murder, you can execute an individual for committing an individual murder, at least that’s how I see it…

  7. comment number 7 by: BigDadGib

    Bring back hangin’s I say!
    And put em on TV…

    Just my opinion…

  8. comment number 8 by: CIBSoldier327

    Well I hope they have a good last meal. Hopefully it hurts more than getting your balls stuck in a zipper. I think they should reinstate public hangings and put it on pay per view and give the money collected to the victims family. Why should these guys get to live and breath whether in or out of prison. Save the taxpayers some money and fry em. Hell, I’ll pay the light bill for the month if they fry em. Who cares if they suffer, as said prior, I’m sure they didn’t care how the victims felt while they brutally murdered them. I had this conversation in Collage and still feel the same way. GOD Bless America! and of course Our TROOPS!

  9. comment number 9 by: James Shott

    I’m not at all opposed to the death penalty in cases where guilt is certain for things like murder and rape, although I am gaining appreciation for a sentence of life in prison (no parole) under austere conditions like GM Roper said: hard labor, basic food, no TV, no gyms, no law libraries, a solo cell that’s 6×8, and maybe force them to listen to rap and Hillary Clinton’s speeches and laugh 22 hours a day.

  10. comment number 10 by: Basti

    Hang, draw, and quarter them on the village/city common and sell tickets and the broadcast rights. Be standing room only and the broadcast rights would be in the mega-millions.

  11. comment number 11 by: BobF

    Romans 13:1-6
    Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

    The above passage of scripture deals with governments and how they deal with criminals, which I will refer to in this case as murders. Governments are to execute wrath upon him that does evil for the government bears not the sword (needle) in vain.

  12. comment number 12 by: Lyn

    Be careful reading this post. I was nodding my head in agreement so much I got a little dizzy.

    Excellent post. I’m glad the Supreme Court decided to stand aside and yield to the will of the people. I hope more states will execute their hard-core violent criminals. The sooner the better.

    No, I don’t think the death penalty is a deterrent right now. But oh boy it could be. These past few years states have executed a token amount of condemned prisoners. Most violent criminals are more likely to win the lottery than be executed. But if a lot more violent criminals were put to death people would think twice before raping and killing law-abiding people.

    It’s not racist to execute violent criminals. And it’s not uncivilized either. What is uncivilized is to let your society rot, to let your streets be overrun by people who don’t fear consequences or laws, and for the innocent to live in fear. That’s uncivilized.