Tuesday, October 06, 2009

No Simple Matter

"Ultimately, every state should pause and consider that ending the life of a healthy man or woman is no simple matter and that even in the 21st century, executioners do not have their job down to anything like a science. No government should put people to death until it can show that the condemned person will not be racked with pain, catch on fire or prove so difficult to kill, as in Mr. Broom’s case, that the executioners are forced to try again another day."
Editorial, New York Times, October 3rd. Reference to the ‘horribly botched failed execution’ of Romell Broom in recent days. Thailand too has had it botched executions.

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