but this is just stupid

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by DKSuddeth, Mar 31, 2004.

  1. DKSuddeth
    Offline

    DKSuddeth Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2003
    Messages:
    5,175
    Thanks Received:
    61
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North Texas
    Ratings:
    +62
    http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/040330/death.shtml

    Justices take up Alabama case on execution method

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court used the case of Alabama death row inmate David Larry Nelson for a stark discussion about execution methods, and whether federal judges can consider last-minute challenges to punishment.

    Nelson had asked to be sent to Alabama's electric chair. But when his date with the executioner came, the chair was no longer in use. His medical condition would make the new punishment of lethal injection unconstitutionally cruel unless special precautions were taken, lawyer Bryan Stevenson of Montgomery told justices.

    Because of the condition of his veins — damaged by drug use — it might be impossible to insert an intravenous line without a type of surgery, Stevenson said.

    Justices peppered Stevenson and Alabama's lawyer with questions about how his death sentence would be carried out, with the possibility of prison staff cutting into his neck or thigh to get to a good vein.
     
  2. Bullypulpit
    Offline

    Bullypulpit Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2004
    Messages:
    5,849
    Thanks Received:
    378
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Ratings:
    +379
    Actually, most junkies have veins so sclerosed by their drug use that it's practically impossible to get a peripheral line in them. More than once I've had to call a doc to put a central line in. BTW, only a physician can place a central line or do a cut down.
     
  3. DKSuddeth
    Offline

    DKSuddeth Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2003
    Messages:
    5,175
    Thanks Received:
    61
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North Texas
    Ratings:
    +62
    then I guess its a good thing they'll have one there.
     

Share This Page