United States Senator John McCain spoke out on the “botched execution” of Joseph Wood on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. For the first time in many years I agree with the U.S. Senator who is removed far enough from the politics of the event and used his horrific experience as a former prisoner of war as a perspective of how the execution was handled. Calling the execution “terrible” and a form of “torture” is likely an understatement but nevertheless a good description of what happened that day inside the death house.
The issues is not the death penalty. The death penalty in Arizona is a legitimate tool of justice administered by the state once a conviction and sentence is acquired. The issue is the competency and the complacency in place to conduct such executions. The Arizona Department of Corrections is just not prepared to demonstrate competence to perform these highly visible sensitive tasks. This is not the first time the agency has failed to perform such a delicate task while the inmate laid on the death table.
Richard Stokely, a death row inmate convicted of murdering two 13-year-old girls in 1991, was put to death by lethal injection at the Arizona State Prison in Florence. What was not revealed to the public was the fact that this execution went awry as well when it was time to put the needle in his veins and inject the lethal cocktail potion.
The agency, in a hurry to inject the cocktail and finish their legal obligation to kill him forget several things that should have been addressed prior to the administration of the cocktail. When Stokley was executed it was a debacle to get a vein so much they had to place it in his leg. Then to make matters worse his pacemaker went off during his execution because they did not deactivate it with a magnet like they should have.
Again, this is not about whether the death penalty is good or bad but rather, the manner it is performed or handled. It should be done with due diligence and careful planning that appears to be missing in the rush to put the man to death.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/john-mccain-arizona-execution-109350.html#ixzz38aBIpY9f