U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski on the use of lethal injection to kill inmates as reported by the LA Times:
“Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments,” U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissent in the Arizona death penalty case of Joseph Rudolph Wood III.
“But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.”
To my mind your support of the death penalty should hinge on one question; how many innocent people is it ok to kill in the name of justice? For me that answer is zero but those that disagree should not be able to mask the brutality of state sanctioned murder behind the euphemism of lethal injection.
Again Judge Kozinski:
I personally think we should go to the guillotine, but shooting is probably the right way to go.
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