The agonizing death of a Murderer

Deborah Denno in Der Tagesspiegel (Germany), January 17, 2014

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Human Rights Watch has described the agonizing death of a person sentenced to death in the U.S. state of Ohio as "scandalous operation." The death penalty was a "terrible anachronism," said the director of the Germany international human rights organization, Wenzel Michalski, in Berlin on Friday. A so-called "cruel punishment" prohibited by human rights standards in the USA.

The 53-year-old Dennis McGuire, who had in 1989 a pregnant woman raped and murdered, was executed on Thursday. Eyewitnesses reported according to U.S. media reports that he had fought for ten minutes visible to the death.

In the execution, which should have lasted a total of 25 minutes reported to a new chemical mix was used. Background is the refusal of European companies to export funds for executions. McGuire's family wants to take legal action against the new execution practice, reported the BBC.

The defense of the 53-year-olds had vainly appealed against the use of poison mixture because they trigger their view, a panicked agony and thus violated due to cruelty against the Constitution. The execution was a "Failed, agonizing experiment the State of Ohio," one of the federal public defender of the condemned was then quoted as saying. The family of his murder victim, who was present for part of the execution, stated in a declaration, however, the fear of death of the young woman. The convicted person experiencing a much more humane treatment than they do.

Also present at the execution television journalist Sheila Gray later reported McGuire have wrestled before his death about ten minutes desperately for air. "His children and his daughter wept and were visibly upset," she wrote on Twitter. Legal expert Deborah Denno of Fordham University School of Law criticized the responsible authorities sharply: "Given the length and disturbing descriptions of Dennis McGuire's execution, the execution by lethal injection in this country monstrous and problematic than ever appear," she explained. Maya Foa of the incoming for prisoner rights organization Reprieve posed the question, "how many botched executions-like we still need before the executioners to stop abusing people as guinea pigs."

McGuire's execution was the second in the United States since the beginning, in the apparently great agony caused. Just last week there was in the execution of convicted murderer Michael Lee Wilson in Oklahoma seemed to have problems with new drugs. The last words from the mouth of dying the death row inmates were: "I feel that my whole body is burning."

Michalski evaluated it as a positive sign that more and more U.S. states to abolish the death penalty. The aim should be but a departure from this practice throughout the United States and in other countries.

Overall, fewer death sentences were in the U.S. last year enforced. 2013 there were 39 people had been executed and thus four less than in 2012, the Washington Death Penalty Information Center announced at the end of 2013. In 1999 had yet been executed 98 death sentences. In 32 U.S. states, threatens perpetrators of very serious murder cases, the death penalty.