USA | Lethal Injections Are Crueler Than Most People Imagine. I’ve Seen the Evidence Firsthand.

Alabama is pausing the use of the execution method after two botched attempts, but physicians need to refuse to ever participate in making them possible. Lethal injection is not a medical act, but it impersonates one. The method of judicial execution works by shuttling medicines, repurposed as poison, directly into a vein via an intravenous catheter. Intravenous use is a ubiquitous method for drug and fluid delivery that most anyone might recognize, either by direct experience when sick or by observation in others when others are sick. According to the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, punishment cannot be cruel, and when lethal injection causes death, the outward result can be extraordinarily mild and bloodless. I speak from experience. As a physician, I was invited by Georgia prisoner Marcus Wellons to watch his execution on June 17, 2014. Lethal injection is a highly curated event; even my medical trained eye could detect very little. Wellons died quietly and quickly. I’ve

Iranian man granted mercy by victim's family moments after execution begins

A man sentenced to death for murder in Mashad, northeastern Iran, was granted mercy at the very last moment just as he was being hung from the scaffold.

According to Iranian Mehr news agency, Vahid Zare had been charged with killing a young person doing his military service.

He was granted mercy by the victim's family when he started choking, seconds after the executioner pulled the gallows from beneath his feet.

Once the members of the victims' family confirmed that they were pardoning the culprit, the officials took Zahe down and sent him to the hospital.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News, May 8, 2013

Tolerance on the scaffold

Universal Tolerance- Iran - In the morning of 8th May of 2013, The scaffold did not take a life this time and the cord rested around the criminal’s neck for few second without taking his life. Unlike always, the gallows brought pity to the hearts of plaintiffs. Not much time has passed since the sun set on 7th of December 2012 when the gallows buried a body, and saved another life this time.

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Source: Universal Tolerance, May 9, 2013

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