How many ways can Ohio try to execute an aging prisoner…. let me count the ways. First, let’s try lethal injection. On Nov. 15, 2017 after 25 minutes of “unsuccessful needle sticks,” Mr. Campbell’s execution was stopped and postponed until June 19, 2019. Just think, he now has how many days to reflect upon his next execution?
Meanwhile, in an effort to mitigate a duplication of Alva’s botched execution, the state of Ohio could introduce a ‘headpiece’ to monitor his brain activity and “revive him if the lethal drugs don’t work” whereby, avoiding severe pain and suffering. Can it get much worse? Yes it can. Why not try a firing squad?
Albeit, it’s not a recognized form of execution in Ohio, but Utah and Oklahoma endorse it, and it works- quick and simple. No doctor is involved to verify correct heart rate, blood pressure and breathing during the event.
Can it get worse? Yes. Ohio is not obligated to resuscitate an inmate. Hmmm….I wonder if an inmate knows this ahead of his execution. Holy Smoke!
So, what is the reason for the regurgitation of all this data about Alva Campbell, a convicted murderer? Before the question is answered, there’s more to his story. During his first execution, Mr. Campbell was given a “wedge-shaped pillow (very important) to help him breath while he was put to death.” What, you say? Here’s the clincher in this macabre story of execution. Ready? The man “uses a walker, has an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer,” sites a writer for AP Associates (Jan. 23, 2018), and now he may face a firing squad.
If he were sentenced to death in California, he’d still be on death row. No executions have occurred in California for the last 10+ years. In fact, as one judge comments- it’s unconstitutional. So, here’s the end of the story and the reason for all this data.
Do you think Ohio’s justice system has gone too far to exact punishment on one human being? Is lethal injection the answer? After all, lethal injection was supposed to be a more humane alternative to execution. However, Mr. Campbell has in fact, requested the firing squad. Who wouldn’t ask for the firing squad after the many failed tries (sticks) to end his life? Was it mention Mr. Campbell, or any inmate, might be allergic to the lethal drug administered at an execution? The saga of how to end an inmate’s life – humanely, continues.
Watch the video for more information, and you decide.
By Sharla Esparza