Oh, what next could occur regarding the death penalty question? The answer is – anything. The actual act of purposefully committing a person to death raises both moral and ethical questions. However, South Carolina has tilted this controversial subject in another direction. Let’s begin with Republican Gov. Nikki Haley’s recent statement,” regarding the 21- year old killer, Dylann Roof. She said, “The gunman ‘absolutely’ should be put to death” but, as governor she cannot determine the consequences of South Carolina’s sentencing but, her statement is just a sideshow.
The real crux of the situation is that South Carolina can’t get 1 of the 3-part drugs – pentobarbital, needed for lethal injection! Now that’s a problem, especially when you condemn a person to death, AND there are more issues in South Carolina regarding the death penalty. Let’s start first with the acquisition of this pentobarbital drug.
First, the pharmaceutical companies have stopped selling this drug specifically for execution, because of exposure to possible harassment. Obtaining this drug is a problem for most states, but in South Carolina there are 44 on death row- a big problem. But here’s the good news. The next possible execution for South Carolina’s death row inmates is five years away, due to those never-ending appeal battles. Maybe by then So Carolina can obtain a better drug. Now here’s more bad news.
Death Penalty Options
According to the article reviewed for this blog, South Carolina has a few more options for these 44 inmates – one is gruesome. I will provide a link to the various types of executions at the end of this blog. They are all too horrific to discuss. To continue, at the time of the publication of the article, “Call for death penalty in shooting, but state lacks drug,” So. Carolina has agreed to allow the prisoner another choice for execution; it’s electrocution! Although, if this is not the prisoner’s choice, the state must order the necessary lethal drug- wherever they can get it. Back to square one. Prisoner’s win this round.
Two more issues to discuss before this blog is finished. First, Oklahoma’s three-drug injection was recently challenged and reviewed by the Supreme Court. The premise, inmates argued, was that the drug midazolam, which is not even used in painful surgeries, does not render the prisoner unconscious and caused undue pain and suffering. So, here’s what the Supreme Court said about that statement and here’s a link to that article for further reading. The Oklahoma Supreme Court stated, in effect that lethal injection does NOT constitute cruel and unusual punishment. What? Well, this could spark another blog about the Eighth Amendment, which is all about cruel and unusual punishment as it applies to unlawful incarceration, only – per the Eighth Amendment!
Now, if you haven’t already got a gutful of this death penalty crisis, let’s finish with the coup de grâce (the final, decisive blow). It’s about another form of barbaric execution- the firing squad. Can’t the United States rise above barbarism?
To continue, some states such as Utah have reinstated the firing squad. South Carolina’s Rep. Mike Pitts, who is a retired police officer, has introduced a bill that “would eliminate all references to a lethal injection, leaving electrocution as the only option.” The other Rep. Joshua Putman wants the firing squad stating, “We do know by firing squad you don’t feel anything.” How does he know? Further, Rep. Josh Neel states, “I can’t think of a more hideous spectacle than gunning down someone. Whether people suffer or not depends on the aim of the unknown marksman.” Let’s hope the unknown marksman doesn’t blink!
PLEASE BE AWARE THE FOLLOWING DEATH PENALTY DESCRIPTIONS ARE GRAPHIC – PROCEED WITH CAUTION!