Drug shortage forces states to reevaluate the death penalty

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  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Feb. 7, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    I'm amazed at Subscriber's comments. Not only does he anonymously endorse cruelty ("anything that works is fine"), but then muddies the issue by bringing in Italy, as if it is somehow required to satisfy all demands of US states. His conclusion is an abandonment of facts followed by a conclusion that is routinely contradicted by courts in those same states. Get a grip.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    The legislature needs to reauthorize the firing squad as a backup procedure in case of drug shortages.

    Lawyers need to quit playing games over which lethal concoction can be used. As long as the condemned person dies, anything that works is fine.

    If Italy doesn't want to allow drug makers to sell for execution, then let's just ship all our death row inmates over to Italy and let them feed, house, lawyer, and support them until they die of natural causes.

    American justice rightly has the death penalty for the most heinous of criminals, and it should be much faster than it is now, (months, maybe a year or two at most) and used more.