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When the hangman botches the job
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 7/29/2014 11:11:30 AM

The taking of a life to punish taking a life is an idea whose time is not yet gone, but its years may be numbered. A low-key campaign against capital punishment is flourishing, led this time by lonely conservatives. Many of them are concerned about the inefficiency of state killing, if not the morality of it. Capital punishment has been consistently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the constitutional prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment.” It’s difficult to see how the killing could be any more cruel or unusual than in a succession of botched executions this year among the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: provide, 7/29/2014 11:23:52 AM     (No. 9944516)

Return the gas chamber. You get to find out how long the condemned can hold his breath.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 7/29/2014 11:27:14 AM     (No. 9944526)

There have been none botched, they all did the job. The taking of life is to stop any more killing by the proven killer not to punish. Since Democrats make sure there is no real sentence of life in jail, this is the only sure way to protect everyone.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: vulcanrider, 7/29/2014 11:36:21 AM     (No. 9944550)

I always believed that lethal injection should involve high velocity lead...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/29/2014 11:39:55 AM     (No. 9944561)

Guillotine?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Doctor P, 7/29/2014 11:53:44 AM     (No. 9944592)

It may not be pretty but it was not botched, the felon is dead.

Yet prettiness is not the main importance anyhow.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: agrunt, 7/29/2014 12:14:08 PM     (No. 9944630)

Gosh we seem to feel more sympathy for the murder than for the victim -- well I don’t – tie the clown behind my PU and drag it to death on a rocky road.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 7/29/2014 12:15:05 PM     (No. 9944633)

A small caliber expanding bullet, e.g. .32 or .380, to the base of the brain is quick and effective. All that is required is a holding apparatus/fixture to maintain the proper alignment between the perp´s head and the barrel of the gun. Add an electronic timer to trigger the the firing and you are good to go.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hybernicus, 7/29/2014 12:41:02 PM     (No. 9944692)

"Cruel and unusual punishment" does not refer to capital punishment for murder, no matter how long and painful the punishment takes. It refers to capital punishment for lesser crimes, such as theft.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 7/29/2014 1:10:05 PM     (No. 9944756)

"It’s difficult to see how the killing could be any more cruel or unusual than in a succession of botched executions this year..."

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It´s not all that difficult. Burning at the stake, drawing and quartering, Native American and Aztec practices should be considered, as should Hitler´s penchant for hanging opponents with piano wire.

What a foolish column.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Axeman, 7/29/2014 1:26:08 PM     (No. 9944777)

Look at how the other Hussein did it with wood chippers and tall buildings.
A modern pneumatic or motorized guillotine would be fast, sure, and never botched. It could even be sealed so it wouldn´t be messy.
I call dibbs on the names Sev-R-Tron and Sevromatic. Maybe even Decapinator.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/29/2014 2:13:03 PM     (No. 9944877)

At the time the Constitution was written, drawing and quartering was still allowed in England, burning at the stake and torture to death was practiced in many countries. Cruel and unusual was to address these sorts of executions, in which causation of pain was part of the process. Even in botched executions, the criminal is unconscious from the outset. The unwillingness to make a mess eliminates many of the most humane methods.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: KTWO, 7/29/2014 3:16:55 PM     (No. 9944984)

great comment #9.

The column is pure propaganda. Pruden speaks of a lonely conservatives campaign that probably doesn´t exist.

I personally don´t care if capital punishment is used or abolished. But the Constitution is pretty clear; it is permitted.

The firing squad works best and I believe everyone knows it although some won´t say it.

The courts, from the USSC down, should stop the endless, pointless, meddling that drags out the process for 10, 20, even 30 years.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: tipover, 7/30/2014 9:38:02 PM     (No. 9947140)

I prefer No 7´s idea. Doesn´t even require a full firearm, just a barrel w/ chamber, ignition system. Even the device harness would be relatively simple. And if oriented properly the bullet would stay in the cranium after severing the spinal column. For the queasy witnesses, a sedative for the perp before the execution.

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