January 27, 2011
Lots of notable new headlines on lethal injection practice and politics
The morning's papers are brimming with interesting stories about lethal injection practices:
From ABC News here, "Jared Loughner Researched Pain of Lethal Injection Before Alleged Attack:
From the AP here, "Drug maker asks Ohio, Oklahoma not to use sedative for putting inmates to death"
From The (UK) Independent here, "Execution using UK drugs 'may have gone wrong'"
From the Lincoln Journal Star here, "Nebraska bought enough lethal injection drug for 166 executions"
All these stories have interesting facets, though I find uniquely intriguing the reality that Nebraska now has a huge lethal injection drug supply even though it has only 12 murderers on its death row and has conducted only three executions in the last 40 years. Perhaps Nebraska will try to turn a profit by selling some of its supply to more active death penalty states states like Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.
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The questions to ask are why Nebraska bought so much of the drug and why the other states having trouble purchasing it could not buy from the same source. Nebraska would surely catch significant negative media selling it to other states for a profit in addition from their own legislators.
Posted by: DaveP | Jan 27, 2011 11:50:12 AM
I would think that's a really big problem for Loughner's insanity defense. Apparently he researched solitary confinement as well...in case he got a plea deal.
Federal prosecutors have a case that an amoeba could try, and plenty of public outrage behind it. I can't imagine Loughner's getting a plea deal. I also think support for capital punishment is about to go up 5 points in the near future.
Posted by: Res ipsa | Jan 27, 2011 2:24:33 PM
Public interest in the years of delays in our federal death penalty system may go up as well. God knows I'd like some answers.
Posted by: MikeinCT | Jan 27, 2011 2:52:18 PM
No rational person could dispute that Loughner is factually guilty, and that he not only thought through but carefully calculated the possible consequences of his planned acts.
Is he a head case? You bet, but not in the sense that would establish legal insanity.
In a serious country, this case would be tried and the sentence carried out in a year. Unfortunately, the only thing this country seems serious about is borrowing its way into bankruptcy.
Posted by: Bill Otis | Jan 27, 2011 3:20:59 PM
no bill your wrong! in a serious country they would realize like you said "is he a head case? You bet!" and they would simply stick him in a mental facilty till he was no longer a "head case"
Posted by: rodsmith | Jan 28, 2011 12:35:21 PM