UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinksy sheds a lot of tears over the pain and suffering executed murderers may experience when they are executed by lethal injection. In today's Orange County Register he gives four examples. Unfortunately, Chemerinksy gives no mention whatsoever to the pain and suffering experienced by their victims. Here is what Chemerinksy didn’t tell the reader:
1 Clayton Lockett (not Lockhart). He and his accomplices kidnapped 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman, beat her and tied her up while they dug her grave before Warner shot her in cold blood with a shotgun.
2 Joseph Randolph Wood III shot and murdered his ex-girlfriend Debra Dietz in cold blood after first killing her father, Eugene Dietz.
3 Dennis McGuire- McGuire was executed for the rape and murder of Joy Stewart, who was 30 weeks pregnant. McGuire stabbed his victim and slashed her throat.
4 Charles Warner. Warner was convicted of beating to death 11 month old Arienna Waller after repeatedly sexually abusing her.
As to some witnesses hearing Warner saying, “My body is on fire,” don’t you think all of the witnesses would have heard him SCREAMING, “My body is on fire”?
And Chemerinsky tells us that the drug sodium thiopental, used to render the inmate unconscious, is no longer made in the US and the Europeans will not export it to us. As if science has come to a screeching halt. There must be something out there that will induce unconsciousness.
Of course, this could all be avoided if we went back to other forms of execution that would not be “botched‘. But Chemerinsky wants all executions halted because after all, Europe and other advanced countries don’t do it. So what? Given what is going on today in their societies (like France), they might want to reconsider.
Which reminds me. Isn't the guillotine guaranteed to produce instant death?
"Hey Pierre. I think my head fell off, Old Chap. Do you see it?"
"You're killing me, Erwin."
(No pun intended.)