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Lawyers Demand Investigation of 'Horrifically Botched' Two Hour Execution in Arizona

Society & Culture  (tags: human rights, death penalty, botched execution, Joseph Wood, death, crime, ethics, humans, society, news, law, abuse, corruption )

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Lawyers for a convicted double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours, while witnesses watched him gasping for breath and attorneys scrambled to halt the process, have called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched


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Kathleen M (208)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 3:31 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing the article, Carrie. The death penalty has no place in a civilized society, period!

Arielle S (313)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:18 pm
Horrible...there has to be a better way to deal with our entire prison system.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:53 pm
This is torture

Sian L (117)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:21 pm
I agree with all previous comments.
This experimentation into how to kill people is cruel.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:24 pm
Simply barbaric. When will the US finally put a stop to the Death Penalty i wonder...

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:43 pm
Noted w/thanks for posting, Carrie.
Well, the conversation is as hot as the weather here in AZ. Many want to know what his crime was, then use it as an excuse to "pile on." They don't want to concern themselves with the fact that so many on Death Row are actually innocent---even if this man wasn't. They don't consider that most civilized countries have outlawed the death penalty. They don't realize the other times this has happened recently in other states.

My opinion is that we should have a nationwide moratorium on the death penalty and just stop "legally" killing people. The entire prison system needs a good shake-up....a complete reformation. And, private prisons should not exist.

Slava R (1311)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:47 pm
Instead of posting about how Joseph Wood died, you should have posted how he carried out the double murder in August 1989 when he shot his former partner Debbie Dietz and her father Gene to death at their family-run car body shop in Tuscon, Arizona. On that day Debbie's father is said to have died slowly in a pool of his own blood. The accused has also assaulted Debbie, but Wood's lawyers tried to bull*hit the crown blaming his behavior on alcoholism & frequent drug use. Everyone seems to be mentioning how it was wrong for him to die the way he did, but nobody even once mentioned how his victims had to die. Sorry I have no remorse for this killer. Ask yourself this, would your views on the system be any different if you came home one day & found your parents in a pool of blood?

Carrie B (306)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:55 pm
Becoming as bad as those we condemn to death serves no purpose other than showing the world our lack of humanity.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 6:02 pm
The two people he murdered were mercifully killed because they bled out more quickly?

Laurie H (818)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 8:56 pm
Thanks for the article Carrie~~

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:41 pm
For me, the death penalty is barbaric and too often not a deterrent to other offenders because of the emotions and mentality involved. There is no doubt that the lingering death was unacceptable. That is 3 botched state mandated murders in 6 months that have gone horribly wrong.

In another article in the Huff Post, Judge Pushes For Guillotine, Firing Squads
"Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said lethal injection was a "dishonest" attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment. ... even while arguing against delaying the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood III in Phoenix. ... He said firing squads would never be hampered by a shortage of guns or bullets. ... He mentioned the guillotine as another "foolproof" method but said he doubted the public would accept that form of execution."

Capital punishment is never acceptable in my view. In Canada, the last execution was December 1961 by hanging at the Don Jail in Toronto. It was put on hold and then subsequently outlawed. If it hadn't been, Steven Truscott, David Milgaard and others, who were later cleared of the charges, would have been executed.

Abolish the death penalty!

Gene Jacobson (287)
Friday July 25, 2014, 5:46 am
I believe the death penalty should be abolished. Using it as an instrument of policy brings our entire society down to the level of the one being executed. Using it as poorly as we have in recent months makes us all complicit in torturing another human to death. Life without parole is sufficient penalty, it is I think harsher than death, to have a lifetime to contemplate what you have done, with no hope of ever walking freely among us again.

Becoming barbarians ourselves does nothing uplifting for our society, our culture, us. WE are better than that, even if criminals are not. Yes, my heart cries for the victims and yes this is not a person whom I care to help, but I don't want to be what HE (almost always it is a he) is too. Nor do I want my country to be. That is not excusing the behavior, that is not denigrating the victims. It is accomplishing the goal of removing murderers from our streets forever without becoming what they are. That is the higher moral ground, in my opinion. I have no blood lust, nor do I wish to. I'd prefer my country did not as well.

Marija Mohoric (25)
Friday July 25, 2014, 8:13 am
Death penalty ??!!?? This is 21st cent.

Frances D (92)
Friday July 25, 2014, 9:33 am

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Friday July 25, 2014, 11:59 am
How many of these "botched executions" will have to take place before we can welcome America into the group of civilised nations who have risen above blood lust and "an eye for an eye". Countries and peoples who refuse to let their sense of justice come down to the moral level of the one being executed, or perhaps even below that of the executed, because it is cold blooded, society-sanctioned murder. And lately also state-sanctioned torture.

As our newspaper also noted yesterday, what governor Jan Brewer was quick to state: that Joseph Wood "died in a lawful manner, and by eyewitness and medical accounts he did not suffer.” to which she added: “This is in stark comparison to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he inflicted on his two victims, and the lifetime of suffering he has caused their family.” I can assure you the irony of a governor who appoints herself judge and jury before the inquest she herself just ordered has even started, is not lost on the Dutch.

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 3:45 am
hmm karma

Lynn Carin (367)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 4:03 am
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