Monday, November 19, 2007

Cruel and Unusual Decision Making

Is this ridiculous moratorium or whatever you want to call it that has been placed on executions in this country ever going to be lifted? Is someone (or the collective someones) going to come to their senses and realize what the term "cruel and unusual punishment" is meant to convey?

I wish I could remember the name of the guy that said this gem of wisdom (for reals. It's good!). I think he was a judge. Anyway, the point is that when he was asked his opinion as to whether lethal injection is "cruel and unusual punishment" because the inmate may be aware of what is going on and may actually feel something, this guy says, "Cruel and unusual doesn't have to mean pain free."

That's the most reasonable thing I've heard anyone say in a long, long time.

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