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KitKat asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Lethal injection cruel and unusual punishment?

Why are death row inmates, scheduled to die for the crimes they have committed, allowed to file lawsuits in the first place? I just read that 2 inmates have filed suits alleging that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment because "IF" not enough anesthetic is administered, the inmate feels pain. WTF? One of them was convicted of shooting and killing 2 cops, the other convicted of killing a couple and shooting their 2 year old! How do these people have any rights whatsoever? Is the result of their actions not "cruel and unusual punishment" since their families have to live without them and that 2 year old will likely not even remember his parents? I am just outraged at this! Just as a convicted felon loses his/her gun rights and right to vote, so should inmates lose all rights when they enter the prison system. Why are we so concerned with how the inmates feel when they obviously had a disregard for society as a whole, or they wouldn't be where they are.

Update:

"The high court will hear a challenge from two inmates on death row in Kentucky — Ralph Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling Jr. — who sued Kentucky in 2004, claiming lethal injection amounts to cruel and unusual punishment" The key word here is SUED, so jurydoc needs to check herself. SUED=LAWSUIT and it's disgusting. Execution of innocent people is wrong, but so is keeping scum of the earth alive and allowing them to die a natural death that they decided to play God and deny another person. Sorry, I'd rather my tax dollars go towards executing these dregs of society than keeping them alive and healthy when I can't afford to go to the doctor myself, even with health insurance.

Update 2:

What happens when these death row inmates file crap like this? Their executions are put on hold while the "case" goes through the proper channels. So they end up living until it eventually gets decided, and if it doesn't go in their favor, what then? They have still bought more time in the prison's law library to think up another way to stay their execution, thus eating up more tax money.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It's not cruel. It's EXPENSIVE! Damn it. We're the one's who's going to pay for those syringes and chemicals through taxes. They should be hanged instead. It's a lot cheaper. Rope is also recyclable so it's better for the environment. Or, if the victim's family prefers, they could just beat him to death themselves. Now that's cruel.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dolphyns. I just read the article and I too am ENRAGED!!! I am going to follow this case diligently. If the supreme court finds lethal injection is a violation under the 8th amendment what then? Gassing, shooting, hanging, and electrocution are all pretty much obsolete or no longer used as a form of punishment. So how should it be handled? Let's just give the most crueliest of killers life inprisonment and die a nice natural death at our expense. The taxpayers.

  • 1 decade ago

    This makes me sooooo angry too! I think th punishment should fit the crime! And ya, I agree with that person above me....Leave them in a room with the family with a pair of plyers, but also add some baseball bats and an ent machine! If anything I think the death penalty is tooooo easy on inmates!!!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Don't get bent out of shape about death-row inmates appealling their sentence and making legal arguments that are desperate. That happens all of the time. You can't stop it.

    They are just engaging in a legal experiment. Those 2 inmates are making a legal argument, but whether or not they will win depends on "higher authority," -- namely, judges -- not the inmates themselves nor their lawyers.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    No, however the crimes committed by ability of people who gained the dying penalty have been merciless and unusual. a million of the drugs could reason extreme discomfort? And? Your element? i think a homicide/rapist ought to ought to take transport of as lots confort as a hazard previous to executions? What are you kidding me? No. No sympathy for those creatures that have preyed upon the harmless. i could have no subject with a rapid bullet to the top - yet that is merciless and unusual considering the fact that they could die exceptionally much rapidly - too undesirable. the only ingredient that concerns to me in a dying penalty case is that the prosecutors have the perfect defendant. that they had greater advantageous be darn particular its the perfect killer or they're no greater advantageous than the relatively murderers on dying row.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds like the thinking at Abu Gahrib.

    The execution of one innocent person is cruel. And it has happened. For that one reason, I oppose the death penalty.

    Karl Marx wrote: "Better that ten guilty people go free that one innocent person is falsely convicted."

    Source(s): Yes, I know it wasn't Marx, so spare me your pontificating.
  • 1 decade ago

    This is not a lawsuit. It is an appeal of their sentence to the SCOTUS. Since upwards of 60% of capital cases are overturned and remanded upon appeal, the appellate system is considered a significant safety net in the death penalty process. Taking away or shortening the appellate process increases the risk of significant legal errors remaining.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They're lucky they're getting off so easy! If I had it my way, I would place the bound inmate on a chair in a locked room with the family of the victim, along with a candle and a set of plyers.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because your justice system has an awful habit of executing innocent people.

    The death penalty is a barbaric practice, it has no place in a civilized society. However, I would imagine the lethal injection is by far the least cruel available method to execute somebody.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no,lets restore the electric chair and remove the appeal system

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