Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What's Wrong with this Picture?

From USA Today:

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio says the state's method of putting prisoners to death is unconstitutional because two of three drugs used in the lethal injection process can cause pain.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Tuesday the state's lethal injection procedure doesn't provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law.

Burge said Ohio must stop allowing a combination of drugs and focus instead on a single, anesthetic drug.

The ruling is likely be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ohio has executed 26 inmates since it resumed putting prisoners to death in 1999.

My first assumption was that the picture had been PhotoShopped. I checked several times to make sure it really was USA Today.

I wonder how often Che provided a "quick and painless death" to his victims?

Back in '67-'68, when I was in High School, we hosted an exchange student from Bolivia. Fernando had actually graduated, and was doing his stint in the army chasing Guevara all over the mountains of Bolivia. When The Great Hero of the Glorious People's Revolution finally took a dirt nap, he wanted to throw a party. Now people name their kids after the butcher, and this guy is a judge.