This week, the Associated Press did a nice job of listing the various problems that the lethal injection method of execution has had since it was first used by the State of Texas in 1982. You can read this reporting here, “Some Lethal Injection Problems in US Executions.”
Needless to say, the botched executions that have happened in 2014 are far from the first problems that have resulted while executing a human being by injecting them with chemicals. It’s an execution method that may be viewed in future years as heinous, cruel, and just plain wrong. Hints of this include the growing alarm being voiced by medical professionals to lethal injections.
Terry Lenamon has had a longstanding concern about this method of execution — especially when states turned to drugs that vets commonly use to put down pets. See our earlier posts for more on this, including “As These Words Are Being Typed, Ohio Is Killing Ken Biros in an Unvetted Execution Method, Unless You Count Euthanasia of Dogs as Vetting.”
However, instead of halting executions it appears that capital punishment continues in Texas, Florida, and other states without apparent concern for these lethal injection methods. Texas has scheduled another execution using lethal injection – the first since April 2014.
As for what is going to be used for execution? We don’t know.
Is anyone else concerned about this?
Is anyone else thinking that there’s a constitutional problem with both the secrecy as well as the methodology?