Trump-style fascism, vile racism, and fraternity-style sexism—specifically, the appropriate length of skirts and the appropriateness of wearing open-toed heels for journalists during executions—these are just some of the obnoxious ones A small part of the ism and divisiveness that, ironically, revolves around Joe Nathan James Jr.’s ruthless lethal injection.
After a delay of more than an hour — under secrecy — including changing a female reporter into fisherman’s wading pants and sneakers, and that rotten, behind-the-scenes process, the executioner stabbed, jabbed, Poke, seek IV, and finally, Alabama’s filthy death toxin begins to flow.
Then, CBS 42’s digital investigative reporter Lee Hedgepeth observed James making very subtle movements — movements James’ body shouldn’t be making if he was actually completely “unconscious” (completely devoid of any physical sensation). ) – such as: his “eyelid trembling”, his “body, including his lips and eyes, made noticeable movements, after which James seemed to be struggling to breathe”, and his “eyes opened slightly”.
The same thing happened when Alabama executed Christopher Brooks in February 2016, and I wrote that “last execution in Alabama could burn a man alive”; and now it’s the same: “[t]His fact is Mr. [James’s] open eyes [and that he made the other movements, albeit subtle, that Hedgepeth observed,] express [James] Feel the sensation at the same time as or before the injection of the numbing agent. “
As a result, James “was injected with potassium chloride at the time of his execution,” a drug that “disrupts the normal electrical activity of the heart and induces cardiac arrest by preventing the heart from pumping blood.” The flow of potassium chloride in the blood from the injection site to the heart can cause an extreme burning sensation as it travels through the body to destroy internal organs. (A 2016 report by the National Institutes of Health concluded that if death row inmates are not properly anesthetized, “potassium chloride can cause extreme pain.”)
The botched execution of Brooks in Alabama was followed by an equally apparently botched execution of Ronald Bert Smith in December 2016 (lifting, coughing, clenching fist, moving lips and opening left eye), and Torrey McNabb in October 2017 (difficulty breathing, moving body, grimacing with right arm raised, head up, and falling on a gurney), I In this paper it insists: “One day the people of Alabama will decide that the price of clumsy and torture is execution — including their warden’s flimsy defense — for their morals. Too much damage to the structure; too much damage to the integrity of its criminal justice system. Let’s pray that this day comes soon.” (Following Doyle Hamm’s botched execution attempt, I wrote soberly, wearily, and angrily in February 2018 Road: “Newsflash: Alabama has long tortured the poor.”)
Elsewhere, describing “the evasion and avoidance of death penalty accountability in Alabama,” I have pleaded that “full and unfettered public disclosure of Alabama’s lethal injection program to the media and the public is the state’s long-standing The best medicine disease of cover-up and disinformation plagues its increasingly disturbing and dysfunctional administration of the death penalty.”
In world-renowned Alabama novelist Harper Lee’s recently published book “To Set a Watchman” — written before her critically acclaimed “To Kill a Mockingbird” — Atticus Finch’s brother told Scooter, “History is repeating itself over time, and it is true that man is man, and history is the last place he looks for his lessons.” As the death penalty was involved, the Alabama This is not always required.
When corrections officers keep offering opaque, clumsy excuses that don’t add up to a three-hour delay in executing a person, Alabamaians should take inspiration from the great thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson , he suggested: “The world is what he can do. See through its conceit. What deafness you see, what stone-blind customs, what messy mistakes, only by patience—by your patience. See it as Lie, you’ve given it the fatal blow.”
Conscientious, justice-loving politicians, faith leaders, and ordinary citizens of Alabama — who commit these state-sanctioned atrocities in their name — must be willing to waver; they must have the courage to confront and overthrow the corrections department The perennial squeaky hard-skinned boat, especially during this execution, the rude boat. There should be an immediate investigation, not only into the sexist idiots who stare at women reporters’ dress, but also into why Alabama keeps torturing to death the poor, disproportionate black men, most of whom are condemned – as famously Death penalty lawyer Stephen Bright observed long ago – because they had the worst lawyers, not because they committed the worst crimes.
Stephen Cooper is a former Washington, D.C. public defender who served as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama from 2012 to 2015. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and abroad. He writes full time and lives in Woodland Hills, California. Follow him on Twitter @SteveCooperEsq