New York Times Calls Out 'Secret Shame' Of Missouri Death Penalty Conundrum
The most important newspaper on planet Earth takes apart Missouri's recent death penalty hot mess.
New York Times: The Secret Shame of the Death Penalty
"Missouri is now tasked with finding a way to kill Mr. Bucklew that doesn’t hurt too much . . .
"Welcome to the macabre absurdity of the modern American death penalty. Of course, death by lethal injection became the standard method only because earlier methods — from hanging to the firing squad to the electric chair — were deemed too “barbaric,” not because the state was taking a human life, but because the method of execution offended the sensitivities of the public in whose name the killing is carried out.
"By now, it is clear that lethal injection is no less problematic than all the other methods, and that there is no reason to continue using it. But capital punishment does not operate in the land of reason or logic; it operates in a perpetual state of secrecy and shame."