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Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Norman the Mormon ()
Date: July 23, 2014 09:53PM

updated 9:16 PM EDT 07.23.14
Inmate 'gasped, snorted' during execution
By Dana Ford, Amanda Watts and Jason Hanna, CNN
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(CNN) - Joseph Wood died nearly two hours after the start of his execution Wednesday, his attorney said, saying the Arizona inmate struggled to breathe for much of that time.

"It took Joseph Wood two hours to die, and he gasped and struggled to breathe for about an hour and 40 minutes. We will renew our efforts to get information about the manufacturer of drugs as well as how Arizona came up with the experimental formula of drugs it used today," attorney Dale Baich said in a statement.

"Arizona appears to have joined several other states who have been responsible for an entirely preventable horror -- a bungled execution."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer directed the Department of Corrections to review the process, saying she was concerned by the length of time it took to carry out the execution.

"One thing is certain, however, inmate Wood died in a lawful manner and by eyewitness and medical accounts he did not suffer. 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," she said.

Wood was convicted of murder and assault in the 1989 deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father.

"I don't believe he was gasping for air; I don't believe he was suffering. It sounded to me like was snoring," said Jeanne Brown, a relative of Wood's victims.

"You don't know what excruciating is. What's excruciating is seeing your dad laying there in a pool of blood, seeing you sister laying there in a pool of blood. This man deserved it. And I shouldn't really call him a man," she said.

The execution procedure began at 1:52 p.m. (4:52 p.m. ET) and concluded, with Wood's being pronounced dead, at 3:49 p.m. (6:49 p.m. ET).

Troy Hayden, a media witness from KSAZ, told reporters the execution was difficult to watch. He likened Wood's breathing to a "fish gulping for air."

"It was tough for everybody in that room," he said.

Michael Kiefer, a reporter for The Arizona Republic, has witnessed five executions, including Wood's.

"Usually it takes about 10 minutes, the person goes to sleep. This was not that," he told reporters afterward. "It started off looking as if it was going alright but then obviously something didn't go right. It took two hours."

Kiefer described the sound Wood made as a "deep, snoring, sucking air sound."

Wood's attorneys had filed an emergency motion for a stay after his execution began, saying then that Wood had been "gasping and snorting for more than an hour."

The motion read: "He is still alive. This execution has violated Mr. Wood's Eighth Amendment right to be executed in the absence of cruel and unusual punishment. We respectfully request that this Court stop the execution and require that the Department of Corrections use the lifesaving provisions required in its protocol."

Inmate objected to drugs

Earlier, the Arizona Supreme Court lifted its brief stay of the murderer's execution.

Wood was first set to be executed at 10 a.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), though it was temporarily halted when the court said it would consider his request for the justices to review his claims.

The court lifted the stay shortly after that, saying without explanation that it considered the request but decided not to review Wood's case.

Wood was the latest American death row inmate to argue that an anesthetic recently introduced in some states' execution protocols could fail to sufficiently knock out the inmate ahead of the lethal drugs, subjecting the person to an agonizing death.

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Wood claimed among other things that the state was going to use an "experimental" drug protocol of midazolam and hydromorphone.

In documents filed with the state Supreme Court, he contended the use of the anesthetic midazolam was problematic in recent U.S. executions and that it would violate the Constitution's guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Drugs weren't Wood's only contention. He also argued the execution should be stopped because his trial attorney was ineffective and that new evaluations from psychologists show he has cognitive impairments that would make him innocent of premeditated murder.

Some states turned to midazolam this decade after they could no longer get sodium thiopental, a drug that was regularly used for executions. A U.S. manufacturer stopped producing sodium thiopental in 2009, and countries that still produce it won't allow its export to the United States for use in lethal injections.

Earlier this year, Oklahoma put executions on hold after the controversial execution of Clayton Lockett. Midazolam was part of the injection combination, and it took 43 minutes for him to die, Oklahoma officials said.

While state officials said Lockett was unconscious the entire time, a media witness for CNN affiliate KFOR said he uttered the words, "Man," "I'm not," and "something's wrong," before blinds to the execution chamber were closed. His lawyer, Dean Sanderford, said the inmate's body twitched and convulsed before he died.

Oklahoma's Department of Public Safety, acting on orders from Gov. Mary Fallin to get to the bottom of what happened, is investigating whether prison officials followed protocols. The review is also supposed to include recommendations about how to prevent something similar from happening again.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Fuck 'em ()
Date: July 23, 2014 10:01PM

Fuck 'em

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: libs hate America. ()
Date: July 23, 2014 10:21PM

Only a lib would defend this murderer.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: question answered ()
Date: July 23, 2014 10:22PM

Death sentence- carried out.

Wood was convicted of murder and assault in the 1989 deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father.


He got to live 25 yrs longer than his victims.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: johnny ringo ()
Date: July 23, 2014 10:35PM

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Utah now in "Arizona"? WTF? ()
Date: July 24, 2014 08:15AM

OP = faggot.

Why so mad, bro?

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Gerrymanderer2 ()
Date: July 24, 2014 08:19AM

You may not care but its unconstitutional. This proves how much respect rightard brutes have for the Supreme Law of the Land.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Hrundi V Bakshi ()
Date: July 24, 2014 08:32AM

Who the fuck cares? Let's go back to beheading. That leaves no room for error.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: "unconstitutional" to call Utah ()
Date: July 24, 2014 09:02AM

Arizona? Or Cappy punishment? Neither one is "against" the Constitution.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: libs hate America. ()
Date: July 24, 2014 09:07AM

Gerrymanderer2 Wrote:
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> You may not care but its unconstitutional. This
> proves how much respect rightard brutes have for
> the Supreme Law of the Land

Bwhahaha! Hey, let's assassinate some more American citizen children with drones!

Sign up for Obamacare uet ? IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND!

You're such an ass clown Mark.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Conserva-tards! ()
Date: July 24, 2014 09:28AM

Conserva-tards!

LoLz!

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Gerrymanderer2 ()
Date: July 24, 2014 09:29AM

I agree with you on drone strikes on American citizens. You gave a legitimate grievance there.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Gerrymanderer2 ()
Date: July 24, 2014 09:29AM

He's a dumb troll but he's right on that being a dangerous gross violation of the Constitution.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Inigo Montoya ()
Date: July 24, 2014 09:33AM

"constitution"

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: ahem, For the record ()
Date: July 24, 2014 11:50AM

"unconstitutional" to call Utah Wrote:
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> Arizona? Or Cappy punishment? Neither one is
> "against" the Constitution.


Ahem, excuse me but we have an Eighth Amendment in this country, it is one of the top 10 of all the Amendments ...really, top 10. The eighth Ammendment is designed to prohibit the kind of eye-for-an-eye retribution that the pre-evolutionistic part of our brain is hard-wired to crave.

Justice Blackmun said it best

"On February 23, 1994, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Bruce Edwin Callins will be executed by the State of Texas. Intravenous tubes attached to his arms will carry the instrument of death, a toxic fluid designed specifically for the purpose of killing human beings. The witnesses, standing a few feet away, will behold Callins, no longer a defendant, an appellant, or a petitioner, but a man, strapped to a gurney, and seconds away from extinction."

He continued

"[E]ven if we can feel confident that these actors will fulfill their roles to the best of their human ability, our collective conscience will remain uneasy. Twenty years have passed since this Court declared that the death penalty must be imposed fairly, and with reasonable consistency, or not at all, […] and despite the effort of the States and courts to devise legal formulas and procedural rules to meet this daunting challenge, the death penalty remains fraught with arbitrariness, discrimination, caprice, and mistake."

"From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death."

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Independent Thinker ()
Date: July 24, 2014 11:55AM

Only a feeble minded liberal would care that this scumbag may have suffered. Those of us who can think for ourselves realize that he got what was coming to him. His victims didn't.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: George Jefferson ()
Date: July 24, 2014 01:35PM

Independent Thinker Wrote:
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> Only a feeble minded liberal would care that this
> scumbag may have suffered. Those of us who can
> think for ourselves realize that he got what was
> coming to him. His victims didn't.


So the writers of the Constitution, you say, were "feeble minded liberals"?

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: if i was in charge ()
Date: July 24, 2014 01:41PM

They should just throw them into a pool of Drano, and let the it just slowly eat away at them.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: ODeatha ()
Date: July 24, 2014 01:50PM

The Death Penalty is more cost effective than a life time imprisonment.



feed the Libbys

Hope for Change

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Old Sparky ()
Date: July 24, 2014 01:51PM

George Jefferson Wrote:
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> Independent Thinker Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Only a feeble minded liberal would care that
> this
> > scumbag may have suffered. Those of us who can
> > think for ourselves realize that he got what
> was
> > coming to him. His victims didn't.
>
>
> So the writers of the Constitution, you say, were
> "feeble minded liberals"?


We could always go back to hanging which was the preferred method at the time if that makes you feel any better.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Thin the herd ()
Date: July 24, 2014 02:15PM

Thin the herd

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Fred Sanford ()
Date: July 24, 2014 02:28PM

ODeatha Wrote:
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> The Death Penalty is more cost effective than a
> life time imprisonment.
>
>

Not really

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: KNY ()
Date: July 24, 2014 02:45PM

George Jefferson Wrote:
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> Independent Thinker Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Only a feeble minded liberal would care that
> this
> > scumbag may have suffered. Those of us who can
> > think for ourselves realize that he got what
> was
> > coming to him. His victims didn't.
>
>
> So the writers of the Constitution, you say, were
> "feeble minded liberals"?

No, the writers of the Constitution would have been ok with shooting, hanging and possibly drawing and quartering with horses. Those methods would seem to have a bit of suffering involved.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: WKcHj ()
Date: July 24, 2014 02:52PM

Fred Sanford Wrote:
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> ODeatha Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The Death Penalty is more cost effective than a
> > life time imprisonment.
> >
> >
>
> Not really
>
> http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalt
> y


That's only because we drag the process out to the extent that we do.

There are many cases where that may be warranted but many where it is not and it simple represents technical legal bs'ing as a means of avoidance and delay.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Fred Sanford ()
Date: July 24, 2014 02:53PM

KNY Wrote:
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> George Jefferson Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Independent Thinker Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Only a feeble minded liberal would care that
> > this
> > > scumbag may have suffered. Those of us who
> can
> > > think for ourselves realize that he got what
> > was
> > > coming to him. His victims didn't.
> >
> >
> > So the writers of the Constitution, you say,
> were
> > "feeble minded liberals"?
>
> No, the writers of the Constitution would have
> been ok with shooting, hanging and possibly
> drawing and quartering with horses. Those methods
> would seem to have a bit of suffering involved.

Would those methods of killing last for two hours?

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: KNY ()
Date: July 24, 2014 03:09PM

Fred Sanford Wrote:
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> KNY Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > George Jefferson Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Independent Thinker Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > Only a feeble minded liberal would care
> that
> > > this
> > > > scumbag may have suffered. Those of us who
> > can
> > > > think for ourselves realize that he got
> what
> > > was
> > > > coming to him. His victims didn't.
> > >
> > >
> > > So the writers of the Constitution, you say,
> > were
> > > "feeble minded liberals"?
> >
> > No, the writers of the Constitution would have
> > been ok with shooting, hanging and possibly
> > drawing and quartering with horses. Those
> methods
> > would seem to have a bit of suffering involved.
>
> Would those methods of killing last for two hours?

Any of those methods can take as long as the executioners want them to take, so yes. And, depending on the offense, no one of that time would have a problem with it.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: obamas_fault ()
Date: July 24, 2014 03:25PM

I hate that Obama is such a death penalty advocate. He should push for less killings or just move back to Texas.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Nkd6e ()
Date: July 24, 2014 04:28PM

KNY Wrote:
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>
> > > > So the writers of the Constitution, you
> say,
> > > were
> > > > "feeble minded liberals"?
> > >
> > > No, the writers of the Constitution would
> have
> > > been ok with shooting, hanging and possibly
> > > drawing and quartering with horses. Those
> > methods
> > > would seem to have a bit of suffering
> involved.
> >
> > Would those methods of killing last for two
> hours?
>
> Any of those methods can take as long as the
> executioners want them to take, so yes. And,
> depending on the offense, no one of that time
> would have a problem with it.


Utterly wrong. The founders clearly would have been fine with hanging or shooting. Drawing and quartering, burning at the stake, etc were the kinds of punishment that the 8th amendment was written for.

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: George said "get a rope" ()
Date: July 24, 2014 04:33PM

George Jefferson Wrote:
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> Independent Thinker Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Only a feeble minded liberal would care that
> this
> > scumbag may have suffered. Those of us who can
> > think for ourselves realize that he got what
> was
> > coming to him. His victims didn't.
>
>
> So the writers of the Constitution, you say, were
> "feeble minded liberals"?


The writers of the Constitution would have had the execution carried within a week of sentencing and had it publically done to remind others there are consequences to unlawful actions

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Re: Utah: We don't care that the inmate gasped for air for 2 hours during execution
Posted by: Simeon ()
Date: July 24, 2014 04:51PM

Lets use ovens, then Gerry would love that. I would never eat at Gerry house, if your dog or cat is missing, its Gerry staying practice until the Fourth Reich.

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