Executioners sanitized accounts of deaths in federal cases
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By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer 4 hrs
CHICAGO (AP) — Executioners who put 13 inmates to death in the last months of the Trump administration likened the process of dying by lethal injection to falling asleep and called gurneys “beds” and final breaths “snores.”
But those tranquil accounts are at odds with reports by The Associated Press and other media witnesses of how prisoners’ stomachs rolled, shook and shuddered as the pentobarbital took effect inside the U.S. penitentiary death chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana. The AP witnessed every execution.
The sworn accounts by executioners, which government filings cited as evidence the lethal injections were going smoothly, raise questions about whether officials misled courts to ensure the executions scheduled from July to mid-January were done before death penalty opponent Joe Biden became president.
Secrecy surrounded all aspects of the executions. Courts relied on those carrying them out to volunteer information about glitches. None of the executioners mentioned any.
Questions about whether inmates’ midsections trembled as media witnesses described were a focus of litigation throughout the run of executions. Inmates’ lawyers argued it proved pentobarbital caused flash pulmonary edema, in which fluid rushes through quickly disintegrating membranes into lungs and airways, causing pain akin to being suffocated or drowned. The Constitution prohibits execution methods that are “cruel and unusual.”
February 17, 2021 at 6:02 PM #404380HassleCatParticipant
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People take pride in their work, and represent what they do as good. This is true for any job. People in organized crime claim they are providing a public service. Although people in Congress deny being in organized crime, but go figure, right? I imagine executioners are like cops, believing they represent that “thin blue line” between citizens and criminals. This motivates them to lie bout what they do in order to make it appear better than it is.
February 17, 2021 at 6:20 PM #404384salemcourtParticipant
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Joe Biden said in a 1992 speech that criminal justice legislation he was pushing was so strict that “we do everything but hang people for jaywalking.” Two years later, his signature crime bill made dozens of additional offenses punishable by death.
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