Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Florida update

Earlier today we posted on editorial response in Florida to the ongoing deliberations of the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Lethal Injection.

Now we're back, courtesy of the New York Times, which reports that a commission member by the name of state Senator Victor Crist has a novel approach for making sure lethal injection executions do not go awry.

Crist said the inmate’s IV line should be checked after the administration of each drug to make sure it was properly inserted, and that the inmate should be “thumped or shaken” to make sure he was unconscious after receiving anesthesia.

“Doggone it, go out there and thump on them, shake the body to make sure they are out,” Senator Crist said. “If the first drug is administered properly, then regardless of what else is pumped into his system he will never know it.”

Well, doggone it indeed.

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