Joseph Wood execution lasted over 100 minutes, as he – depending upon who you ask – snored or snorted until his death at 3:49 p.m. after being fully sedated at 1:57 p.m.
According to Mauricio Marin, a media eyewitness to the execution, “I continued to scribble on my state-issued notepad, counting the gulps and gasps of the man on the gurney. I counted 660. This went on for over an hour and a half.” Or as Wood’s attorneys put it, “He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour.” According to Jeanne Brown, a family member of the victims, “I don’t believe he was gasping for air; I don’t believe he was suffering. It sounded to me like was snoring.”
Snoring? This is the state of the death penalty in America now: These are the euphemisms we resort to rather than confront the mechanism before us: what Andrew Cohen calls “a state-sponsored, judicially sanctioned human experiment that went terribly wrong.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, however, assured the watching world of her state’s competency to carry out executions: “One thing is certain, however, inmate Wood died in a lawful manner and by eyewitness and medical accounts he did not suffer,” she said. “This is in stark contrast to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he inflicted on his two victims — and the lifetime of suffering he has caused their family.”But as Radley Balko stated, via Twitter, “Yes, it’s true that ‘Wood’s victims suffered too.’ But perhaps we shouldn’t look to murderers when establishing our baseline for humaneness.”
To Cohen’s point, something did go wrong, though, long before Wood was strapped to the gurney. Over the past weekend, Wood was granted a stay of execution by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, all revolving around Arizona’s lethal injection protocols. On Monday, the full court upheld the stay. On Wednesday, however, hours before the execution, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the execution to carry on as planned, despite the evidence of previously botched executions this year in Ohio and Oklahoma. For instance, Arizona’s two-drug protocol of midazolam and hydromorphone was the same drug combination administered by the state of Ohio to Dennis McGuire, who gasped for nearly half an hour in January.
Wood’s execution began at 1:52 p.m. Wood was sedated at 1:57 p.m. At 2:02 p.m. he began to breathe and gasp. By 3:02 p.m. he was confirmed to still be alive. Forty-seven minutes later he was declared dead during his attorneys’ attempt to secure an emergency stay of execution.
The United States of America is waking up to the realities of the death penalty, and unfortunately, these awakenings come after botched executions in Ohio, Oklahoma, and now Arizona. Which state will be next to wake up in such an unsettling fashion? Will it be Tennessee which like Arizona boasts a lethal injection secrecy law? Will Tennessee’s leaders wake up to acknowledge the brokenness of the system? Will they approve of the ten scheduled executions, with fingers crossed behind their backs, that their state will not join the shameful company of those states that ignored the clear warning signs?
Will they appear to wake up, as Arizona momentarily did, only to groggily hit the snooze button one more time?
When we can no longer tell the difference, maybe it’s time to call the whole thing off.
(Photo source: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v441/n7089/full/441008a.html)
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