Inmates lawyer argues LI amounts to torture; would rather face firing squad

Started by resist, February 16, 2017, 07:01:48 PM

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Attorneys for Ricky Gray said in a federal complaint that there is a serious risk that Virginia will "chemically torture" the man to death when it uses compounded drugs for his execution scheduled for Jan. 18. A firing squad would be a more humane alternative, his attorneys argue, although that execution method isn't permitted under Virginia law.
"It is both humane, quicker, more effective, and would frankly be completely feasible in Virginia," Lisa Fried, an attorney for Gray, said of a firing squad.
I think it's a bad idea to give inmates choices regarding execution method. It starts turning into an expectation.

But the fact that he'd rather be shot than given LI means that the choice of LI isn't necessarily for the benefit of the offender. More likely, it's for the benefit of the execution team and witnesses that are loaded with squeamish people!

Firing squad isn't available, but electric chair is. He should take that option. His lawyers are probably concerned that it takes about 3 minutes in Virginia (1800 volts at 7.5 amps for 30 seconds followed by 60 seconds of 240 volts at 1.5 amps, repeated once). But he would be unconscious instantly.


If he would prefer a firing squad,  let him have it.  It would take away his chance of appealing the method of execution.

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