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OCALA, Fla. - Lethal injection, the preferred method of execution in the U.S., came under fire in two states Friday, with a federal judge in California saying the capital punishment method is unconstitutional and Florida officials pledging to re-examine the system there following a botched execution earlier this week.

In Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions in the state after a medical examiner said that prison officials improperly inserted needles in the arm of Angel Nieves Diaz on Wednesday. Because of the error, it took 34 minutes ó twice as long as usual ó and required a rare second dose of lethal chemicals to kill the convicted murderer, the examiner said.

In the California case, a federal judge imposed a moratorium on executions and declared that the stateís method of lethal injection violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Diaz, 55, was put to death for murdering the manager of a Miami topless bar during a holdup in 1979.

Executions in Florida normally take no more than about 15 minutes, with the inmate rendered unconscious and motionless within three to five minutes. But Diaz appeared to be moving 24 minutes after the first injection, grimacing, blinking, licking his lips, blowing and appearing to mouth words.

As a result of the chemicals going into Diazís arms around the elbow, he had a 12-inch chemical burn on his right arm and an 11-inch chemical burn on his left arm, Hamilton said.

Florida Corrections Secretary James McDonough said the execution team did not see any swelling of the arms, which would have been an indication that the chemicals were going into tissues and not veins.

Diazís attorney, Suzanne Myers Keffler, reacted angrily to the findings.

What say you all, which is worse, torture or execution? Yes/no, cruel and unusual punishment?

Torture is worse...
Execution is worse...
Yes, definitely cruel...
No, he got what was coming to him, alittle torture, shucks, I didn't feel anything...
Being stabbed to death
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There are a lot of things worse than death.

entered by : xhiker
Submitted on : Dec 16,2006 8:40:30 am

Or both? The human error factor is enough by itself for me to believe that capital punishment shouldn't exist. As for torture, I wish the same concern was shown when Burge tortured people (including very definitely innocent people, according to DNA evidence) into confessing to murder in Chicago a few years back. That's not even to mention Gitmo, Ahbu Graib, and so on.

What about the pain the victim of the convicted murderer felt? Lethal injection is too good a way to go for most of these monsters.
According to what I read yesterday after this came out, Diaz had liver problems which they said led to the bad metabolism of the drugs used. The same thing also happened once before in Florida with the lethal injection. Either story could be true I guess.

That's not the first time Florida's had problems. They were forced to ban the chemicals that they formerly used in the injections because they were not even humane enough to euthanize animals with.

Voted : Torture is worse...
I'd go with a firing squad if I had the choice.
Voted : Torture is worse...
There are a lot of things worse than death.

Diaz, a murderer, had cirrhosis of the liver, making uptake of the execution drugs very difficult.

Poor baby. Wah.

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