Nebraska executed a killer using fentanyl. Is this a humane way of carrying out the death penalty?

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  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 25, 2018 6:28 a.m.

    "Hamm is one of three inmates who survived a state execution, but there are 20 other cases in which the execution team struggled to find a suitable vein to administer the drugs, causing death penalty opponents to charge that the inmates were subjected to torture."

    I'm sure very few of us have been survivors of "a state execution," but many of us have been hospitalized and also have direct experience of hospital technicians "struggling to find a suitable vein to administer drugs." When this happens, there is some degree of pain, to be sure. But -- speaking only for myself -- that degree of pain can hardly be said to amount to anything even remotely comparable to "torture."

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 8, 2018 11:59 a.m.

    A firing squad or a mechanical system both of which kill by using bullets after the convict is put to sleep with common drugs is the most simple way to do carry out this sentence.

    Fear and pain from needle injections are not cruel and unusual punishment.

  • Sad Sack Hurricane, UT
    Oct. 8, 2018 11:30 a.m.

    I'm of two minds on this. The first is "the eye for an eye" death. Kill them using the same method they used on their victim(s). The second is to bring back "Old Sparky."

    I am just sick to death of the bleeding hearts saying to save the lives of murderers. I am also sick to death of gangs, the gang mentality and the gang way of life.

    But gang related, or not, unjustified homicide needs to be dealt with, swiftly and permanently.

  • Mel50 Nashville, TN
    Oct. 5, 2018 12:59 p.m.

    How many people who oppose the death penalty also support a woman's "right" to stop the heart that is beating in her womb?

    Also, a person duly convicted of a heinous murder and sentenced to death gets to know the day and hour of their death. They get to meet with family members and say their goodbyes. They get a last meal. They have a chance to get right with God. Their victims were afforded none of these considerations. The possibility that the convicted felon might experience some momentary discomfort or anxiety does not rate very high on my concern meter.

  • utah cornhusker Norfolk, NE
    Oct. 5, 2018 12:55 p.m.

    I’m a native Nebraskan who lives in Utah for several years. The guys on death row here need to have the sentence carried out. There were 4 murders here in the town I live in and they deserve the death penalty. They killed 5 people at the bank in lest than 40 seconds. They didn’t rob the bank, they just went in to murder them. The unicameral did away with capital punishment but it was brought up to the voters and the death penalty was restored. I hope the 4 killers at US Bank are put to death. But with all the legal wrangling, I’ll probably be dead before they ever get executed.

  • Adillinger Charlotte, NC
    Oct. 5, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    All that is necessary to execute a human adult with Fentanyl, is an IV dose of 10mg. of Fentanyl. It is not necessary to start with Valium or add potassium. After the dose leaves the syringe and enters the bloodstream, the murderer will expire in 3 minutes or less.

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 12:19 p.m.

    The main reason for the excuse that executions are more expensive than life in prison is because of the appeals process that lawyers exploit, drag out for decades and make a lifelong income representing a death row inmate. The death penalty is only reserved for the worst of criminals that commit murder so I don’t know why anyone would shed tears over it. The more efficient and economical the methods when it comes to executing convicted murderers better.

    If someone wants to get upset at the rights of prisoners look no further than Chinese inmates where they forcibly harvest their organs and end up in traveling side shows like Body Worlds.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 12:00 p.m.

    Probably more humane than they his victim died

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 11:18 a.m.

    Better question...did the convicted who have earned the death penalty consider any pain they caused to those they are being put to death?

  • WVC born and raised West Valley City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 10:36 a.m.

    J. Smith
    "Apparently it was the choice of death by Michael Jackson and Prince.........."

    Propofol was the choice of Michael Jackson, not Fentanyl. Two totally different drugs.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Oct. 5, 2018 9:47 a.m.

    My opinion on this topic has changed over the decades, but I think it is time to stop the entire process and just keep them in prison for life. Life in prison is significantly less costly than the legal process currently associated with an execution. The slim possibility that an innocent individual could be wrongly executed is the ultimate argument against. If they receive a life sentence, we never hear about them again. With an execution, their names keep circulating back through the news for decades as they file and are denied yet another appeal (what were his last words, what was his last meal...). Just let them fade away in the least costly manner available.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 9:05 a.m.

    Like on many subjects, the Liberal Left tries to subtly shift the basis of the argument. There is really no requirement that an execution be "humane", as in "painless" and "completely without suffering". The only standard is that it not be "cruel and unusual", such as by throwing them into a viper pit or dragging them behind a herd of horses. There is really no way to kill someone without "inflicting some harm". That is why we reserve the death penalty for the most heinous crimes. If the execution is on the same order of suffering as a firing squad, hanging, or beheading by guillotine, then it is simply neither "cruel" nor "unusual".

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 8:50 a.m.

    I don't see any problem with fentanyl use. My personal preference is firing squad.

    But if they want it to be painless, hook up an oxygen mask and pipe in carbon monoxide . As they breath the CO, the person falls asleep as the CO replaces oxygen in the system and Wa La, a painless death.

  • Frank Walters Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 8:27 a.m.

    Society's priorities are amazingly messed up that we're even discussing this.

    Call me crazy but putting the words 'humane' and 'execution' together is horrifically wrong. Purposely ending a life is nothing more than horrific, even if the law says it's permissible as a crime's sentence. I'm not professing here that I'm against the death penalty but rather that it's hypocritical to allow the death penalty while worrying about how humane a death it is.

  • Sequoya Stafford, VA
    Oct. 5, 2018 8:23 a.m.

    I see nothing wrong with the gallows or firing squad. if done properly, these are quick and humane. There is the occasional botch job, but that is because somebody is not paying proper attention. Even the Russian method of a bullet in the back of the head is very quick and humane, and hard to botch. once you destroy the hypothalmus, or brain stem, you have an instant "rag-doll" no pain or suffering.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Oct. 5, 2018 7:36 a.m.

    The most effective execution method is the firing squad. Results are immediate. Trying to be 'humane' is gobbledegook and hokem. Killing the convicted murderer effectively and without prolonged pain should be the objective.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 6:40 a.m.

    Bring back the firing squad and be done with it.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Oct. 5, 2018 6:13 a.m.

    Are we attempting to create controversy where there is none? Lethal injections are much less gross/painful/arduous than most other methods. Just because some abuse fentanyl has nothing to do with executing people with it.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2018 6:12 a.m.

    Apparently it was the choice of death by Michael Jackson and Prince..........