GOP Cruelty Grows – Death Penalty Edition

(State) Rep. Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna,FL), dissatisfied with the process of executing condemned prisoners, has introduced a bill which, as Pam Spaulding tells us,

… would allow for executions by firing squad. HB 325 would eliminate Florida’s standard method of execution, lethal injection, and allow for executions only by electrocution or firing squad.

In my personal and certainly not humble opinion, there are no methods of execution that meet the Eighth Amendment’s standard forbidding “cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Lethal injection in many states uses chemicals prohibited even for use in euthanizing animals, because they leave the victim alive but paralyzed for some terrifying and unknown period after the injection.

But this grinning demon carrying the title of state legislator is effectively saying, fuck the Eighth Amendment, let’s make the process as absolutely cruel as possible.

I understand the lust for vengeance; I’ve felt it myself. But the only possible legitimacy of the death penalty comes from whatever protective value it may have against future crimes… and the stats are that states without the death penalty, adjacent to states with the death penalty, have lower rates of violent crime.

(In addition, for the money-obsessed among you, trials leading to death sentences cost more than trials that don’t, because of all the procedural safeguards that have to be observed, plus the endless chain of rightly obligatory appeals.)

So the only purpose the death penalty ultimately serves is to satiate the lust for cruelty of people like Brad Drake. And it is, by his own admission, cruelty that he is looking for. What a guy.


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  • jams o donnell  On Friday October 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Utterly sick

    • Steve  On Saturday October 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

      jams, you have to wonder about a guy who gets his kicks thinking about executions. Sick indeed!

  • Mustang Bobby  On Saturday October 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

    And, of course, he’s “pro-life.”


    • Steve  On Saturday October 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Bobby, I’ve always favored the saying, “Killing people to show that killing people is wrong, is wrong.”

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