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2 Hours Gasping for Air....Should the Death Penalty be Abolished?
by Del672
July 23 at 7:48 PM

Arizona Execution of Joseph Wood Took Nearly Two Hours

The execution of Joseph Wood — which Arizona carried out with a lethal-injection it had never before tried — is certain to fan the debate over how U.S. states carry out the death penalty.

Midway through the execution, defense attorneys asked a judge to stop the execution of Joseph Wood and order prison officials to try to resuscitate him. But before the court acted, he was pronounced dead.

"The execution commenced at 1:52 p.m. at the Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC) - Florence. He was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m," a statement Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said.

The statement did not say what problems the execution team had encountered, but Wood's lawyers painted a macabre picture.

"He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour," lawyers wrote in their request for an emergency stay of execution.

Image: Joseph Rudolph WoodARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS VIA AP FILE
Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood.

Wood — who was condemned to die for fatally shooting his girlfriend and her father in 1989 — had challenged the execution on the grounds that the state was violating the First Amendment by keeping the source of the lethal-injection drugs secret.

An appeals panel agreed with him, but the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay of execution. The Arizona Supreme Court briefly delayed the execution on Wednesday morning, but ultimately gave the state the green light.

Wood, 55, was scheduled to be killed with a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same drugs used in an Ohio execution in which the inmate seemed to struggle for air and took 25 minutes to die.

His execution date had been put on hold several times as the case wound its way through last-minute appeals. One of those decisions was notable for a dissent in which the chief judge of a federal appeals court said the guillotine would be better than lethal injection for executions.

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  • Jambo4
    by Jambo4
    July 23 at 7:56 PM

    I say go back to firing squad, or hanging.  Less expense, less time.

  • -Celestial-
    July 23 at 7:56 PM
    Im against the death penalty. Its like hitting a kid telling them hittings not allowed
  • AmaliaD
    by AmaliaD
    July 23 at 7:58 PM
    No, they should just use a Guillotine. They just need to stop the lethal injection movement, it seems better/more medical.... but causes more pain than dying other ways. Just putting him underwater seems less cruel. That would've only lasted minutes. Vets and vet techs will all tell you that dogs put to sleep, (at least the way it's described in over populated kennels ) is very unpleasant. But we do need the death penalty. Some crimes absolutely deserve it. Just change the method.
  • Del672
    by Del672
    July 23 at 8:02 PM

    Exactly what this Judge says.

    'Probably Best' for Executions

    A federal appeals judge issued a blistering dissent in a death-row case on Monday, declaring that an execution system that relies on drugs is doomed and the guillotine would be better.

    "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.

    "But executions are, in fact, nothing like that. They are brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should it. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf."

    Quoting AmaliaD: No, they should just use a Guillotine. They just need to stop the lethal injection movement, it seems better/more medical.... but causes more pain than dying other ways. Just putting him underwater seems less cruel. That would've only lasted minutes. Vets and vet techs will all tell you that dogs put to sleep, (at least the way it's described in over populated kennels ) is very unpleasant. But we do need the death penalty. Some crimes absolutely deserve it. Just change the method.


  • Billiejeens
    July 23 at 8:29 PM

    The goal was to make him dead.

    He is dead.

    The end.

  • AmaliaD
    by AmaliaD
    July 23 at 10:42 PM
    That's pretty cool. :) but exactly..... It's time to change the methods. I'm sure there's many private companies that can find a method that quick and relatively painless but it's not going to look pretty. People need to accept what the death penalty really is. Maybe it would prevent more crimes if was different.

    Quoting Del672:

    Exactly what this Judge says.

    'Probably Best' for Executions

    A federal appeals judge issued a blistering dissent in a death-row case on Monday, declaring that an execution system that relies on drugs is doomed and the guillotine would be better.

    "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.

    "But executions are, in fact, nothing like that. They are brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should it. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf."

    Quoting AmaliaD: No, they should just use a Guillotine. They just need to stop the lethal injection movement, it seems better/more medical.... but causes more pain than dying other ways. Just putting him underwater seems less cruel. That would've only lasted minutes. Vets and vet techs will all tell you that dogs put to sleep, (at least the way it's described in over populated kennels ) is very unpleasant. But we do need the death penalty. Some crimes absolutely deserve it. Just change the method.

  • shannonnigans
    July 23 at 11:03 PM
    I don't think this judge is endorsing the death penalty here; quite the contrary.

    Quoting AmaliaD: That's pretty cool. :) but exactly..... It's time to change the methods. I'm sure there's many private companies that can find a method that quick and relatively painless but it's not going to look pretty. People need to accept what the death penalty really is. Maybe it would prevent more crimes if was different.

    Quoting Del672:

    Exactly what this Judge says.

    'Probably Best' for Executions

    A federal appeals judge issued a blistering dissent in a death-row case on Monday, declaring that an execution system that relies on drugs is doomed and the guillotine would be better.

    "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.

    "But executions are, in fact, nothing like that. They are brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should it. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf."

    Quoting AmaliaD: No, they should just use a Guillotine. They just need to stop the lethal injection movement, it seems better/more medical.... but causes more pain than dying other ways. Just putting him underwater seems less cruel. That would've only lasted minutes. Vets and vet techs will all tell you that dogs put to sleep, (at least the way it's described in over populated kennels ) is very unpleasant. But we do need the death penalty. Some crimes absolutely deserve it. Just change the method.

  • Canvas_says
    July 24 at 12:36 AM

     I don't see an issue with how long it took him to die.

  • marchantmom06
    July 24 at 12:40 AM
    Why should a murderer be giving a nice death? Were the people he killed done so humanly? Was their death easy?
  • mcdun
    by mcdun
    July 24 at 1:19 AM

    The death penalty is against my moral compass. That being said I think lethal injection is not and never has been a more humane option than hanging or a single gunshot to the head. If we as a country are going to have the DP why can't we just make it simple? I find it all disgusting for several reasons but the one reason this bothers and disgusts me the most is no one is talking about the victims! 

    I can find very little information on Debra Dietz and Eugene, her father. The media should be discussing the tragedy that is domestic violence. I also wonder when he shot Eugene Dietz how long did he suffer? How many times did he gasp for air? Why are we not talking about that? How many times did Debra Dietz scream and gasp when he assaulted her and than shot her twice? Why isn't the media talking about that? 

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