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Thu Aug 9, 2018, 09:34 PM

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Tennessee executes killer with controversial drugs that Justice Sotomayor said could inflict ‘torturous pain’

By Deanna Paul and Mark Berman
August 9 at 9:10 PM

Tennessee executed Billy Ray Irick on Thursday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final request to stay his execution. Convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer, Irick, 59, is the first state inmate to be put to death since 2009. He was also the first to receive Tennessee’s new and controversial three-drug cocktail.

Thursday’s lethal injection was made up of compounded midazolam, used to render a person unable to feel pain during an execution, a paralytic drug called vecuronium bromide, and compounded potassium chloride for the killing agent. Potassium chloride has been described by the U.S. Supreme Court as “chemically burning at the stake.”

In recent years, there have been numerous executions where witness accounts raised questions about whether the inmates were sufficiently anesthetized when the killing drugs were administered. These performances have raised questions about Midazolam’s effectiveness as a sedative in executions. Thursday’s application for a stay of execution followed a lower state court determination that the new combination of drugs may not be not chemically appropriate.

A second concern in Irick’s case, according to Robert Durham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, was that Irick was mentally ill. Tennessee currently has pending legislation that, if passed, would make it illegal to apply the death penalty to a person with serious mental illness.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/08/09/tennessee-plans-to-execute-killer-with-controversial-drug-that-justice-sotomayor-said-could-inflict-torturous-pain/





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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 10:52 PM

1. Stomping straight backwards into the darkness will not "Make America Great," ever.

Anyone who promotes sadistiuc, vicious cruelty from the government against any of its citizens is not a leader, could never be a leader, no matter how many twisted a-holes vote him/her into office. A bunch of these monsters do not constitute a government. We are having to indulge people who themselves should be locked up, and certainly not controlling our country, making the laws, insisting we all obey them.

This is no "Age of Aquarius," after all, is it?

There was a time when this country appeared to be headed toward an era of enlightenment, finally, at long last, but the creatures in our nightmares made it out into daylight and took over our lives. It's about time they step aside and let the people get back to growing up, evolving, transcending the barbarity, just as we thought would happen so many years ago.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:06 AM

4. No it's the Age Of... whatever the god of darkness is!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 11:07 PM

2. I am willing to bet that there are a number of sick mother****ers that become

aroused at the idea of someone suffering when they are put to death.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 11:53 PM

3. Isn't potassium chloride "salt substitute"?

Injecting salt into the veins sounds really painful.

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