Company sued over prison executions

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Botched lethal injections left two American prisoners to die in agony after they were allegedly administered defective anaesthetic supplied by a British drug company.

The UK's Mail on Sunday reports legal action has been brought by the campaign group Reprieve after two murderers were given fatal injections while still conscious.

Emmanuel Hammond, 45, who raped and murdered a teacher Julie Love in 1988 was executed by the state of Georgia last month, while 31-year-old Brandon Rhode, who murdered three members of the same family in 2000, was put to death last September.

Reports suggest both kept their eyes open when they should have been in a coma, and Hammond grimaced in pain.

Lawyers for Reprieve aim to force the British pharmaceutical regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), to recall all the anaesthetic supplied for executions by London based Dream Pharma.

US "execution protocols" say the anaesthetic, sodium thiopental, must be administered first in lethal injections to render the prisoner fully unconscious.

The person is then given pancuronium bromide, a muscle relaxant that makes it impossible to breathe, and potassium chloride, a caustic chemical that stops the heart.

Professor Sheri Johnson, of Cornell University law school, a member of Hammond’s legal team, said she watched him throughout. She added: "He closed his eyes perhaps ten seconds after the drugs started. But then, sometime later, he opened them again.

"Perhaps one or two minutes after that, his mouth screwed up to one side. It looked painful, as if it could be a grimace of pain."

If successful, the legal action would halt executions in Georgia and many other states.

The paper said Dream Pharma had failed to respond to requests for comment and an MHRA spokeswoman said it could not comment on the pending legal action.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8213856...

Now, it is stating only that it "could" be a grimace of pain. Also, in death, our nervous systems may react in unexpected ways - perhaps the eyes opening on one prisoner was simply a reaction of the brain, and not a reaction to pain at all.

Is this a legitimate claim that these particular prisoners were still conscious.....or is it a ploy by the anti death penalty camp to put a halt on executions until the law suit has been heard (which we all know could take years), and therefore buy some more time to fight for the cause?

What's your take on the situation?

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Sharon - posted on 02/20/2011

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Meh. The drugs did what they are supposed to do - they're dead.

IF they sue the company - IF they win - the money needs to go to the family of the victims. NOT the dead shit heads' families.

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Tiffany - posted on 02/21/2011

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I think most people would prefer dying in their sleep to any other methods of dying. That is what we are doing to prisoners, they are going to sleep and dying with little to no pain. This is NOT what the victims most likely experienced when they died. I think that the fact that they took another life disturbs me more than the fact that they might experience a moment of pain when they died.

Desiree - posted on 02/21/2011

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Sorry Tarra can't agree withyou why should they have what thier victims never got? A dignified death, they sold thier rights when they killed and mamed other people.

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I have to agree with Mike, Bonnie and the others on this one. They took the right to die humanely from their victims, why should we take pains to give them rights their victims were denied?

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They should suffer. Murderers should die the same way they killed.

I agree with Mike on this one, as rare as that is.

OMG that guy did some bad shit. He got what he deserved.

Sharon - posted on 02/20/2011

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Tara - for a rapist or a pedophile a child murderer a murderous spouse, I'm not about a humane death for them.

I am about preserving the sanity of those who administer the death drugs. I am about giving those who aim and fire the guns on the death squad an out "maybe I had the blank".

This is the man you think deserves "humane"...
http://www.lawskills.com/case/ga/id/4129...

This is what he did after he raped her in the company of two others...

Hammond got clothes hangers and a sheet from the trunk of the car. He tied Love's feet together, tied her hands behind her back and wrapped a sheet around her body. He then wrapped a coat hanger around her neck, and, telling Porter to pull one end while he pulled the other, tried to strangle Love. She struggled and broke free. Hammond got her under control and retied her hands. He told Porter to drive to Grove Park, where they stopped by the side of the road. Leaving Porter with the car, Hammond took Julie Love into the woods. Porter heard a gunshot. A few minutes later Hammond returned alone, his face flecked with blood.
Hammond returned home at 7:00 a.m. that morning. Weldon asked him what had happened to Julie Love. He did not want to talk about it then, but later told her that after Love "put her hands in front of her face," he "blew the side of her face off." He dumped her body in a trash pile and covered her up with a board.

Where is her pity?

Where is her "humane"? Fuck that piece of filth. i'd prefer they died screaming in agony, writhing in pain, with their intestines spilling from their abdomens covered in fire ants.

Angela - posted on 02/20/2011

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"I prisoner should have the right to a humane death. Dying in pain is not humane."

Tara,
Iam positive that there Victims did not die in a humane way and Im pretty sure it wasnt painless,why should they recieve such luxury?

Angela - posted on 02/20/2011

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I agree with mike on this one...
And really who give a shit, there dead and done, They got what they deserved...And I could care less if they were conscious...There victims were conscious when they killed them.

Tara - posted on 02/20/2011

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This is exactly in the other thread about the shortage of sodium thiopental why I say the prisoners should have a right to know that the new "imported" drugs are safe and EFFECTIVE. They have not cleared the FDA. I prisoner should have the right to a humane death. Dying in pain is not humane.

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