lethal injection = cruel & unusual
Michael Morales has escaped death, for now. It appears that California's other 645 inmates will also get indefinite postponements while a court decides if lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.
We've moved away from public hangings, firing squads, and even ol' sparky due to claims of "cruel and unusual". We moved towards the lethal injection method of execution to ensure that the criminal condemned to death doesn't feel anything and silently slips into a forever slumber.
In the case of Morales
, as most other death sentences, there was undeniable violence. This was not vehicular manslaughter or accidental death or even killing in self defense. The victim was raped and murdered. Why do we care if a mistake in the sedation process might mean he would appear unconscious, but internally would succumb to excruciating pain once the paralyzing and the death drug were administered?
I'm only guessing here, but I'm pretty sure that Terri Winchell wasn't getting massaged and enjoying a cocktail at the time of her death.
Then again, I almost subscribe to the "eye for an eye" theory.
We're already aware of my stance on the death penalty
and the bottom line is that it isn't utilized enough, or for that matter in any form of swiftness.
The simple fact that Morales, as well as others that think execution is unconstitutional
, fail to see the point. Prior to the Constitution, another document told us that killing was not right. Remember that one? Yeah, the Ten Commandments.
That's right, I pulled the "God" trump card. Whatcha gonna do about it?