September 16th, 2009 13:53 EST
Execution Halted When Team Fails To Find Vein
"The execution of a prisoner in the US state of Ohio has been delayed for a week after jail officials had problems finding the condemned man`s veins.
The execution team struggled for two hours to locate veins of convicted murderer and rapist Romell Broom to inject lethal chemicals via IV tubes.
Broom`s lawyer demanded the procedure be stopped, describing it as `cruel`" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8258062.stm
Let me preface my remarks by declaring that I`m a strong advocate of the death penalty, especially for the heinous crime of raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl.
But the death penalty should be administered in a humane way, the prisoner shouldn`t suffer any unnecessary physical or psychological pain.
The execution team struggled for two hours to locate a suitable vein. The prisoner wasn`t trying to make things difficult, in fact he was very cooperative.
In this unfortunate and troubling incident the rapist-murderer displayed grace and courage, and the execution team acted like bumbling sadists.
Broom was tortured, plain and simple! This grotesque torture could have gone on longer than two hours, it was only stopped when the condemned man`s lawyer demanded that it come to a halt.
The state of Ohio inflicted cruel and unusual punishment on Broom, and the government should make amends. Broom`s sentence should be commuted to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Broom`s lawyer should immediately file a lawsuit against the state of Ohio, the state must pay for inflicting unspeakable cruelty to Broom.
Finally, this horrible spectacle must never be allowed to happen again. If the dimwit execution team can`t find a vein within ten minutes, the execution must immediately be halted.
The current method of execution in Ohio is lethal injection, the state must have another option for prisoners who don`t have veins suitable for this form of execution.