The Supreme Court issued an opinion Wednesday that proffered a Lethal Injection Ruling on whether it might be cruel and unusual to kill someone via lethal injection.
Essentially, the Court decided on the argument that Lethal Injection might be constituted as cruel and unusual punishment because it "can paralyze inmates before subjecting them to suffocation, a burning sensation and a heart attack," according to the article on law.com.
I don't know how much sense this makes; really. Short of carbon monoxide poisoning, which I understand makes you fall asleep, then suffocate, is there any way to die that isn't at least somewhat painful?
The decision was just a temporary stop, and the stay was lifted shortly thereafter; but I have problems with the decision. The person is being executed because (s)he has committed a crime sufficiently heinous that the citizens of the state, through an exhaustive appeals process felt that that person should pay with his or her life. If that is the case, and the people believe that you are deserving of capital punishment, does it really matter if you might feel some pain in the 3 minutes before you die? I doubt the 9 year old Vernon Brown strangled was free of any pain.
The Court made the right decision, in my opinion, to allow the execution, even if the guy might hurt a little. I understand that there might be other ways that are less painful, and if the citizens of the state want to research into that, they should be able to, but I don't think that an accepted method of capital punishment should be disallowed simply because someone might get hurt while he's dying.