ATMORE, Ala. —  A murderer who would have become the nation’s first executed inmate in months won a reprieve Thursday from the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than an hour before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection.

Kentucky death row inmates Ralph Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling Jr. claim that lethal injection as practiced by the state amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.


I have a solution.  Since the Eighth Amendment was passed in December 15, 1791, we should simply use whatever method they used to put people to death with.  It was good enough to put Saddam Huissane to death with and it should work fine for those two.  Let’s bring back the gallows.  It’s cheap and was the preferred method of executing the dealth penalty back then.  The Amendment itself only says “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

It seems that as the years have passed our definition of cruel and unusual punishment has changed.  What was acceptable is no longer acceptable.  So what if they experience pain?  They did kill someone to get on death row.  How much pain do you think this animal inflicted upon his victim?  Death penalty means death so why does it matter if they felt a little pain?

They should consider themselves lucky I don’t have any say so in how they go.  If you stomped on someone until they passed away, I think it is acceptable for your death penalty to be handled in this manner.  If you shot them, you should be shot, if you stabbed them then you should be stabbed.  It was humane enough for his victim why is it too inhumane for them?