Breaking: Georgia Switches Execution Drug Clearing Path for Executions

lethal injectionThe Department of Corrections made an announcement this afternoon that it will switch from sodium thiopental to pentobarbitol in its lethal injection protocol. This much anticipated decision clears the path for execution dates to be set against Georgia death row prisoners who have run out of appeals, such as Troy Davis.

It is a red herring to tinker with the machinery of death when the entire system is broken. Whether the state uses chemicals, bullets or electricity, the death penalty is inherently cruel and inhuman, and is part of an error-prone system that has sent far too many innocent people to death row. Replacing the supply of sodium thiopental amounts to nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

We’ll be monitoring the implications of Georgia’s decision.  Check back on this blog for updates or follow me on Twitter @LauraMoye.

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10 thoughts on “Breaking: Georgia Switches Execution Drug Clearing Path for Executions

  1. Man, people are doing this in order to kill Troy Davis in spite of his innocence so that they can satisfy the bloodlust vengeance called "justice" of the MacPhail family against Troy while ignoring the fact that the real killer of Mark Allan MacPhail may go free! So sad! :(

  2. Man, people are doing this in order to kill Troy Davis in spite of his innocence so that they can satisfy the bloodlust vengeance called “justice” of the MacPhail family against Troy while ignoring the fact that the real killer of Mark Allan MacPhail may go free! So sad! :(

  3. Dear Debbie Kearns,

    You are right again.

    This is official, institutional, judicial lynching of black people, brown people.

    Before, lynchings were done by white mobs.

    But when you look behind those "mobs", you find they were supported … buttressed … by the Southern neo aristocracy, the planters, the propertied gentry.

    Today, they've finally dispensed with the "mob" cover.

    The politicians representing the haves now lynch the have nots of color in the name of "The Law".

    This the new Order.

    This is the new Jim Crow.

  4. Dear Debbie Kearns,

    You are right again.

    This is official, institutional, judicial lynching of black people, brown people.

    Before, lynchings were done by white mobs.

    But when you look behind those “mobs”, you find they were supported … buttressed … by the Southern neo aristocracy, the planters, the propertied gentry.

    Today, they’ve finally dispensed with the “mob” cover.

    The politicians representing the haves now lynch the have nots of color in the name of “The Law”.

    This the new Order.

    This is the new Jim Crow.

  5. this is great all you antis can suck it now davis can hopefully die and justice will be serveed!!!!!! :)

  6. this is great all you antis can suck it now davis can hopefully die and justice will be serveed!!!!!! :)

  7. Lee, you hypocrite, why do you always insult AIUSA and insult us who are supporters of Troy Davis? You always ignore Troy's innocence and shun his family while only supporting the family of the MacPhails! Face it, you never care about Troy, you never care about innocence, and you never care about human rights AT ALL! :evil:

  8. Lee, you hypocrite, why do you always insult AIUSA and insult us who are supporters of Troy Davis? You always ignore Troy’s innocence and shun his family while only supporting the family of the MacPhails! Face it, you never care about Troy, you never care about innocence, and you never care about human rights AT ALL! :evil:

  9. If I may intrude into this interesting discussion about a illegality of a state taking human life, I'd like to know how AI have managed to reconcile two (seemingly) mutually contradictory positions.

    On one hand, AI is absolutely against the death penalty reasoning that it "is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice."

    On the other hand, AI is pro-abortion, which can be defined as the "…induced termination of a pregnancy with destruction of the embryo or foetus".

    In both cases, the State determines the ending of a human life.

    So how can AI oppose the killing of a human being and simultaneously approve of killing a human being (e.g. late-stage abortion) through abortion?
    Just asking…

  10. If I may intrude into this interesting discussion about a illegality of a state taking human life, I’d like to know how AI have managed to reconcile two (seemingly) mutually contradictory positions.

    On one hand, AI is absolutely against the death penalty reasoning that it “is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.”

    On the other hand, AI is pro-abortion, which can be defined as the “…induced termination of a pregnancy with destruction of the embryo or foetus”.

    In both cases, the State determines the ending of a human life.

    So how can AI oppose the killing of a human being and simultaneously approve of killing a human being (e.g. late-stage abortion) through abortion?
    Just asking…