Tuesday, December 19, 2006
'Splain to me, Lucy
I'm not sure I really get all this. Lethal Injection is used for execution of prisoners in 37 states. Currently, Governors including The Governator of California, and Shrub's Brother Jeb of Florida have suspended executions because of a number of serious problems with how the death penalty is implemented, including inconsistent and unreliable screening of execution team members; poorly trained staff; inconsistent and unreliable recordkeeping of drugs used in the process; improper mixing, preparation and administration of drugs by the execution team; overcrowded conditions; and poorly designed facilities in which the execution team must work.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jack Kervorkian is being released on parole in June. Kervorkian claimed he had participated in 130 assisted suicides; Kevorkian committed euthanasia on a patient, videotaped the act, and sent the tape to 60 Minutes, which promptly aired it.
He was speedily convicted of second-degree murder in March, 1999, and sentenced to 10 to 25 years, far above normal guidelines. He's served more time than some people do who murder family members in the heat of passion.
So. Convicted murderers, rapists, child molesters have the right to die with dignity and not suffer "cruel and unusual punishment." But someone who has been kept alive by modern medicine after all quality of life is gone is not allowed that same right, and anyone who assists in their right to die is committing a criminal act. How does that work again?