Thursday, April 14


This morning's "Houston Chronicle" (registration required) points to a study just published in the British journal "The Lancet" and conducted by the chairman of surgical oncology at the University of Miami that concludes that some death row inmates executed by lethal injection are not given adequate amounts of anasthesia to render them unconscious during the execution process -- i.e., that they're conscious and may be experiencing "blistering pain" from the drugs injected into their system. That physician, the study's lead author, is calling for a moratorium on such executions until further reviews are completed by a publicly appointed panel.

Hmnn! Is there "awareness" by the inmate during the execution process? Is there pain and suffering experienced by the inmate?

While I haven't seen comparable studies done on victims of heinous crimes, I think it follows intuitively that many murder victims who are bludgeoned, set on fire, shot, strangled, drowned, stabbed, hacked, raped beforehand, sometimes repeatedly, and otherwise brutalized are "aware" of what's being done to them and likely experience "pain and suffering" during the process of having their life snuffed out.

Accordingly, I call for a worldwide moratorium on murder until the United Nations has put together a representative panel to look into these crime victims' issues.

If that is not feasible (after all the United Nations causes as much suffering as it endeavors to assuage), then I suggest lethal injection as a form of capital punishment be outlawed and death by starvation and dehydration be used in its place, as many prominent right-to-die physicians have postulated that such a death is serene and peaceful, and virtually painless.

There. That solves that one. Right, George Felos?