Florida's New Execution Procedure Considered Too "Cruel" for Use on Animals

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William Happ, who's spent the past 27 years on death row for raping and killing 21-year-old Lauderdale Lakes woman Angie Crowley in 1986, will be the first person to experience a new execution serum that, across the nation, only Florida has been willing to use.

The drug, called midazolam hydrochloride, will be the first of a triumvirate of serums pumped into Happ, who has abandoned all of his appeals and said he's willing to die. The Florida Department of Corrections has changed serums in light of a nationwide shortage of the traditional pentobarbital sodium. Its manufacturer, a Danish company called Lundbeck, has stopped sending the drug to prisons where executions occur.

No one is quite sure if the new drug, which should put Happ under, will work as promised. And therein lies the rub, because if the drug doesn't work, the second serum dumped into him -- to induce paralysis -- will make it impossible for him to express discomfort or pain.

But Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Misty Cash expressed little concern. "We believe this protocol is the most humane and dignified way of carrying out the rule of the state," she told Riptide. "We only have a limited supplies of the old drug, and they'll expire in November, so we had to come up with a new protocol."

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She declined to elaborate on how that decision was made. "We're not going to get into a discussion of how or why it was chosen," Cash said.

Normally, the drug, commercially known as Versed, is used to treat seizures and severe insomnia. It possesses hypnotic, anticonvulsant, and sedative properties.

Others have expressed profound reservations about the new procedure. Deborah Denno, a professor at Fordham University, told the Gainsville Sun the same procedure couldn't even be used to euthanize animals. "Vet standards are very strict," she said. "It would be considered cruel."

She added, "You are not seeing other states do this. Florida is acting alone. When states act alone in this, that's a risky venture."

Indeed, many states with capital punishment refuse to use more than one drug during an execution because there's too much chance for error. "If you're not anesthetized, it would be a worse way [to die] than electrocution and other methods."

Happ is set to die today at 6 p.m.

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chedington1
chedington1

Your constitution prevents both cruel and unusual punishment.  Inflicting pain as attractive as it is to you sadists and creeps is considered cruelty and is thus not legal.  You guys are the laughing stock of the civilized world - you actually think executions are justified and that they do something or teach something to anyone - they don't.  Your love of guns, your idiotic war on drugs keeps a huge percentage of your population in prison.  Your murder rates compared to Europe, Canada and England is off the chart and they do not have any death penalty - this is what I say about you people being insane.  You love guns and you love drug laws.  You love putting people in prison too.    What the death penalty is effective at is taking your mind off how badly you are getting screwed by the one percent that OWNS your ass and these laws are all in place to keep you in line and keeping them in control of you.   Now you feel good about whacking this guy with a needle while you have to pay higher taxes for ever to pay for the show you just enjoyed so much.  Idiots.

liddy4584
liddy4584

You know, I don't care if someone like William Happ might suffer before he dies. I hope he's terrified, and I hope he suffers just as much or more than his victim did. He didn't think twice about being cruel, so why should I care if his death is painful? 

NewsDog
NewsDog

Texas has already tried different mixes. If this works we will probably jump on the wagon.

Joe Fritz
Joe Fritz

A .22 caliber bullet behind the ear only cost about $0.12 cents. It ricochets around inside your skull and scrambles your brain--quick and painless. ;-)

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

Why don't they just knock them out with a pretty heavy dose of street heroin and then just shoot them in the head? Drug dealers have been doing this for decades and it works 100% of the time. All this crap about having doctors there and all is ridiculous. Do you know how much Florida PAYS for an execution? They could just whittle it down to the low low price of less than 20 bucks.

ivxx
ivxx

FL dept. of correction spokesperson is Misty Cash...? That's a name strippers would be envious of..

Erik Swagerty
Erik Swagerty

Animals don't generally go around killing and raping people.

Israel Obando
Israel Obando

Too cruel? Seriously? These fuckers should feel EVERY OUNCE OF PAIN POSSIBLE

NewsDog
NewsDog

@Kristofer Jesus Castellar  Traditional Samurai beheading is considered an honorable way to die. These criminals don't deserve honor.   

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