Monday, October 06, 2014

Catechism & State Protection

Catechism & State Protection
Dudley Sharp


This is an excerpt from my full Catechism review


Had Saint Pope John Paul II's (SPJPII) Evanlgelium Vitae (EV) been, properly, thought through, it would have concluded that innocents were better protected with the death penalty and that the death penalty is, therefore, a greater defender of society and, as such EV would not have created the errors which were then wrongly put into the Catechism.

CCC 2267: "Today, in fact, given the means at the State's disposal to effectively repress crime by rendering inoffensive the one who has committed it, without depriving him definitively of the possibility of redeeming himself, cases of absolute necessity for suppression of the offender 'today ... are very rare, if not practically non-existent.' [John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae 56).

These pronouncements, within 2267, reflect zero knowledge or concern about the reality of violence within prisons and the fact that criminal justice systems, worldwide, allow unjust aggressors to re offend over and over, again (4).

The "very rare, if not practically non-existent"  statement, within both EV and the CCC, shows an indifferent ignorance to how often unjust aggressors harm, repeatedly (4), this, at the exact moment when the Church was embroiled in one of its worst moral dilemmas in Her history, the priest sex abuse horror.

This is such a poorly considered prudential judgement as to negate any "prudential" moniker or any reference to judgement.
Do a GOOGLE search for  --  priests sex offender  -   there are 800,000 hits - note how many priests are known repeat offenders

Cases whereby the unjust aggressors harm and murder, again, in prison, after escape, after improper release and/or with no incarceration are way too common (4)  -   the factual opposite of the SPJPII and Church's incomprehensible finding that such cases are "very rare, if not practically non existent", a factual error so profound and obvious (4) that it is clear that fact checking was avoided in both EV, as well as in the Catechism, showing zero concern for innocent victims.

The Church and SPJPII made no prudential judgement, here, but instead, made a factual assertion which was entirely false (4), with zero fact checking and showing little interest - a grossly irresponsible judgement ---  this at a time when both the Church and SPJPII were in the midst of a horrendous moral  scandal of priests being allowed to sexually assault children, repeatedly.

One would think that would make both the Church and PJPII highly sensitive to crime victims and their offenders being allowed to re offend, but, instead, it appears this was all, completely, forgotten within EV and CCC. Staggering.

A Google search of --  recidivism crime worldwide  -- produced 4.76 million hits, within 0.21 seconds. Try it.
Let's look at "the means at the State's disposal" and the willful ignorance of anyone that would state that repeat offenders are "very rare, if not practically non-existent."

The Catechism and EV are, hereby, using the secular standard of penal security as a means to outweigh the teachings based in justice, balance, redress, reformation, expiation, all of which are primary, within 2000 years Church teachings.

All villages, towns, cities, states, territories, countries and broad government unions have widely varying degrees of police protections and prison security. Murderers escape, harm and murder in prison and are given such leeway as to murder and/or harm, again, because of "mercy" to the murderer, leniency and irresponsibility to murderers, who are released or otherwise given the opportunity to cause catastrophic losses to the innocent, repeatedly, when such innocents are harmed and murdered by unjust aggressors, over and over, again. (4)

Incarcerated prisoners plan murders, escapes and all types of criminal activity, using proxies or cell phones in directing free world criminal activities (4). All of this is well known by all, with the apparent exception of the authors of the Catechism and EV.

Some countries are so idiotic, reckless and callous as to allow terrorists to sign pledges that they will not harm again and then they are released, bound only by their word, a worthless pledge resulting in more innocent blood (4).

It has always been so.

The Catechism, as does EV, avoids the many realities whereby the unjust aggressor is given so many opportunities to harm again and does so. Do the authors of the Catechism and EV have no grasp of reality and history? (4)

Apparently not.

It is as if the Church was unaware of Her disastrous problems of the last 5 decades, when violent sex offenders were allowed to re victimize innocents over and over, again, inside the Church.

It appears the Catechism's and & EV's authors never considered the reality of such suffering (3&4).

Here are the known realities of all unjust aggressors, murderers and other violent offenders. 

They can morally/criminally/spiritually:
1) improve, becoming slightly better, harmful people or a saint and, everything, in between.
2) Stay the same, bad for them and bad for us
3) become even worse, more dangerous to all


1) Genesis 9:5-6 - "For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life. If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God has man been made." (NAB)

2) Death Penalty Support: Modern Catholic Scholars

3) Pope John Paul II: Prudential Judgement and the death penalty

4) The Holy See could find these types of cases every day, seemingly, forever, if it cared to look. It seems likely that hundreds or thousands of innocents die, everyday, because of the irresponsibility of prison systems allowing unjust aggressors to harm and murder, again, in contradiction of the willful ignorance within EV and CCC 2267.

a) "Prisons and the Education of Terrorists", Ian M. Cuthbertson, WORLD POLICY JOURNAL, FALL 2004

"The use of prisons as a means of recruiting new membrs into terrorist organizations while providing advanced training to existing members is hardly a new phenomenon. FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS (my emphasis) , European countries have been beset by a variety of nationalist and leftist terrorist groups, some of them highly sophisticated organizations with large rosters of combat and support personnel."

" . . . terrorist groups were able to retain a large degree of cohesion within the prison setting, which they discovered to be a favorable environment for training members in new skills and planning future operations."

"Al-Qaeda and its network of associated organizations has taken full advantage of the relatively lax practices in European, and even some American, prisons. The pool of potential recruits is vast."

" . . . in October 2003, John Pistole, the FBI’s executive assistant director of counterterrorism/counterintelligence, called U.S. correctional institutions a “viable venue for radicalization and recruitment” for al-Qaeda. Harley Lappin, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, sees the bloated prison population of disgruntled and violent inmates as being 'particularly vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists.'

b)"The Bali bombers were allowed to preach to the prison population, radicalising scores of impressionable young Muslims, as well as fund and organise subsequent attacks from their cells."

"Hell in the heart of paradise",  4:40PM Monday November 23, 2009 Source: AAP

c) Anwar al Awlaki, released from prison based upon his word.

al Awlaki was a spiritual leader at two mosques where three 9/11 hijackers worshipped, a native-born U.S. citizen who left the United States in 2002, was arrested in 2006 with a small group of suspected al-Qaida militants in the capital San'a. He was released more than a year later after signing a pledge he will not break the law or leave the country. He is now missing and encourages violence against Americans from his website,

Awlaki used his site to declare support for the Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab and celebrated the acts of US Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, who murdered 13 and wounding 29 in a shooting spree.

al Awlaki called upon other Muslim's to duplicate those acts. "Radical imam praises alleged Fort Hood shooter", Associated Press, 11/9/09, 6:19 pm ET

"New Evidence Suggests Radical Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki Was an Overlooked Key Player in 9/11 Plot"

al-Awalaki killed, no longer a threat

"Al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is dead, says Yemen", Martin Chulov in Beirut, The Guardian, Friday 30 September 2011 04.53 EDT

d) 16 al Quaeda Escape in Jailbreak in Iraq

e) Repeat murderer fakes paralysis, escapes, murders, again.

 Twice convicted murderer Alva "Campbell, faked paralysis and escaped from custody when he was being taken to court in a wheelchair. Using a gun he took form a deputy sheriff, he carjacked (Joe) Dials, 18, robbed and killed him."

Younger brother Charles Dials called Joe a  father figure: “He was an awesome big brother, the go-to guy. 

Everybody loved him. It was a devastating blow for our family.”

Campbell murdered another wonderful person, in 1972, William S. Dovalosky, from Cleveland.

Execution date set for Columbus killer, By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch, March 28, 2013 12:09PM

f) 23 escape from Yemen prison, 13 are al Quaeda

g) Governor commutes 108 year sentence: Offender later murders 4 policemen, while on bond for two child rapes

h) Repeat sex offender,"cripple" serving life, overpowers guards, escapes

i) Prison Gang Runs Prison, Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering and Impregnate 4 Guards:

"13 corrections officers indicted in Md., accused of aiding gang’s drug scheme", Washington Post, 4/23/13

"The Black Guerilla Family was founded in California in the 1960s but now operates nationwide in prisons and on the streets of major U.S. cities, including Baltimore. It arrived in Maryland’s prison system in the 1990s, according to the Justice Department, and is increasingly involved in narcotics trafficking, robbery, assault and homicides. By 2006, federal authorities say, the BGF had become the dominant gang at the Baltimore City Detention Center."

“The inmates literally took over ‘the asylum,’ and the detention centers became safe havens for BGF,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt."

j) Officials "embarrassed" by Texas death row inmate escape, Houston Chronicle, November 06, 2005

". . . Thompson claimed he had an appointment with his lawyer and was taken to a meeting room. However, the visitor was not Thompson's attorney." "After the visitor left, Thompson removed his handcuffs and his bright orange prison jumpsuit and got out of a prisoner's booth that should have been locked. He then left wearing a dark blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes, carrying a fake identification badge and claiming to work for the Texas Attorney General's office." "This was 100 percent human error; that's the most frustrating thing about it." "There were multiple failures." Trial jurors and victim's relatives were terrified.

5) "Evangelium Vitae, St. Thomas Aquinas and the Death Penalty", p 519, Steven A. Long, The Thomist, 63 (1999): 511-552

6) ibid, p 522

7)  Kevin L. Flannery S.J. - Capital Punishment and the Law – 2007 (30 pp)
 Ordinary Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University
(Rome); Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and
Culture (University of Notre Dame)

8) Luke 23:39-43 "Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Jesus) replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (NAB).

It is not about the method of earthly death, but the message of eternal salvation.

9) Pope Francis

10) “Amerio on capital punishment “, Chapter XXVI, 187. The death penalty, from the book Iota Unum, May 25, 2007 ,

11) Jesus and the death penalty: "They may become Christians", Dan Popp, June 23, 2013


Friday, September 12, 2014

Sr. Helen Prejean: "Botched" Nun

Sr. Helen Prejean: "Botched" Nun
by Dudley Sharp 

RE: 'Dead Man Walking' nun: 'Botched' executions unmask a botched system, 
By Moni Basu, CNN, August 6, 2014 

Format: The quotes are from the referenced article, followed by my REPLY.

1) "Ortiz maintains he was framed in a murder-for-hire scheme. Prejean believes his claim of innocence."

REPLY: The Sister has a history of false claims regarding innocence.  One among many:

DEATH OF TRUTH: (1) Book Review: "Sister Prejean's Lack of Credibility: Review of "The Death of Innocents".

"The book is moreover riddled with factual errors and misrepresentations."

"Williams had confessed to repeatedly stabbing his victim, Sonya Knippers." (1)

2)  "(Sr. Prejean) ministers to the worst of humanity because she believes in the restoration of life and that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity. That is what Jesus preached."

Reply:  Just sanctions, including the death penalty, recognize the dignity of  humans by holding them responsible for their actions, as can be found within over 2000 years of Catholic/Christian teachings (2), as  with the execution of St. Dismas, the good thief, who was restored into eternal salvation (2).

3) "It's part of the attitude here (Angola Prison). You committed a crime so you must always suffer," Prejean says.

Reply: This is a consistent theme of Sr. Prejean - murderers as the victims. 

As an almost universal rule, "always suffering" is not what the worst of the worst have in US prisons.

Prisons aren't concerned with punishment, they are about managing prisoners in a way that keeps the most peace, for all, inclusive of many perks for murderers.

Read "The Death of Punishment", by Robert Blecker

4)  "You are a son of God," Prejean tells death row inmates. "Christ is with you. What is being done to you is wrong. I will be there for you."

Reply: Yes, that is most common. That the murderer is the victim, that the death penalty is wrong . . . . Sr. Prejean does no emphasize what she should . . .  that the crime is wrong,  that the innocent murder victim deserved to live, that the murderer should beg and pray for forgiveness, that murderers should feel fully responsible for their crimes and be accountable for them, in recognition of the horror of their crimes.

As Case Detective Michael Vernado reveals in his book, regarding the rape/torture/murder of Faith Hathaway, a "Dead Man Walking" case:

" . . . (Prejean's) trying to mislead people in the book (Dead Man Walking). And that's something that she's going have to work out with herself." "(Sr. Prejean's) certainly not after giving anybody spiritual advice to try to save their soul." (1)

In the Dead Man Walking movie, murderer Matthew Poncelet repeats the final words of one of the real murderers, Robert Willie: “I would just like to say … that I hope you get some relief from my death. Killing people is wrong. That’s why you’ve put me to death. It makes no difference whether it’s citizens, countries, or governments. Killing is wrong.” (1)

Here, tragically, hauntingly, it seems that Sister Prejean has taught Willie to be an anti death penalty activist. The crucial elements of atonement, expiation, responsibility, sorrow and forgiveness are replaced by the  classic anti death penalty saying that all “Killing is wrong”,  the amoral position of equating murder and execution, violent crime and just sanction, the guilty murderer with the innocent victim – the worst set of messages for the murderer’s redemption.

5)  "Two troubled and recent executions in Arizona and Oklahoma, Prejean hopes, will trigger more opposition to carrying out the death penalty in the United States.

REPLY: For those who see murderers as the victims, it may help Sr. Prejean's efforts. But for those who look at the whole picture (3) of those two cases, they both provide ample justifiction for executions and no proof that either murderer suffered during their execution (3).

6) "A 2013 Gallup Poll found that 60% of Americans still support capital punishment . . . ".

REPLY: 86% US Death Penalty Support: Highest Ever - April 2013

7)  "(Sr. Prejean) remains convinced that if people could see the brutality of killing a human being, they might reconsider their support for the death penalty."

REPLY: See the pattern? Sr. Prejean is talking of the peaceful execution of the guilty murderers, not the incredible brutality of the murder of the innocent victims. That is Sr, Prejean's norm.


Did she consider the mental suffering of a parent who lost their innocent daughter to a rape/murder or, possibly, the mental (and physical) suffering of that girl, as she was being raped and murdered?

Of course the sister considered it and she made her choice - the murderer.

8) "Death penalty supporters accuse Prejean of having empathy for undeserving, coldblooded killers."

REPLY: The problem that I have with Sr. Prejean is her dishonesty and her elevating the guilty murderers above the innocent victims. Christianity calls for mercy and forgiveness and holds folks accountable for their actions, that all sinners, be they saints or serial murderers, die because of their sins and that salvation is the available gift to all, should our redemptive heats achieve eternal salvation, through the grace of God.

From the parents of rape/torture/murder victim Loretta Bourque, a "Dead Man Walking" Case:

" . . .makes you realize the Dead Man Walking truly belongs on the shelf in the library in the Fiction category."

"Being devout Catholics, 'the norm' would be to look to the church for support and healing. Again, this need for spiritual stability was stolen by Sister Prejean." (1)

9)  Prejean: " (the death penalty) is random, arbitrary and capricious and disproportionately meted out to minorities and poor people. Race plays such a huge role. If you kill a person of color you are not likely to be condemned." " Almost 42% of death row inmates are black even though African-Americans make up about 12% of the U.S. population."

REPLY: Based upon the known facts, the death penalty, by design, is the least arbitrary and capricious sanction (5).

White murderers are twice as likely to be executed as are black murderers (6),

All murderers, regardless of race of their victims, are, extremely unlikely to be condemned to death, as very few murders qualify for death and it is seldom sought (6). White victim cases dominate death row, only because white victims dominate in capital murders (6). The 12% population rate is irrelevant. The relevant issue is committing murder and capital murders(6).

"99.8% of poor murderers have avoided execution (7)

It may be, solely, dependent upon the definition of "wealthy", as to whether wealthy murderers are any more or less likely to be executed, based upon the very small number and percentage of capital murders that are committed by the wealthy, as compared to the poor" (7).

10)  "The Harveys, Prejean says, could have watched Willie get electrocuted a thousand times and still it would never fill the void in their lives. Vernon Harvey, she says, was a thirsty man drinking a tall glass of salty water."

REPLY: Very sad that Sr. Prejean felt the need to do this.  I spoke to Elizabeth Harvery several times. Of course, no matter the sanction, they would never fill the void in their lives. The void was that their beloved daughter was tortured and murdered. The death penalty is justice and guarantees that such murderers can never harm or murder, again, a very big deal to folks like the Harveys.

Sr. Prejean, Vernon Harvey was suffering from grief and sadness. It's is too bad you couldn't see that, instead turning into your self fulfilling prophecy for your own ends.

11)  Prejean: "If a killer is sentenced to life in prison, he or she is locked up and never heard from again. But a condemned man?"

REPLY:  First, there are many infamous lifers (8). Secondly, what well publicized death row inmate has not been presented by anti death penalty folks? Who made the murderers in Dead Man Walking famous? Tell anti death penalty folks to stop doing it.


2)  New Testament Death Penalty Support Overwhelming

3)  "This (Wood's execution in Az) doesn’t actually sound like a botched execution. This actually sounds like a typical scenario if you used that drug combination,” said Karen Sibert, an anesthesiologist and associate professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Sibert was speaking on behalf of the California Society of Anesthesiologists." "Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution", Associated Press, Washington Post, July 25, 2014

4) Prejean: Death penalty is torture, online, October 1, 2012,



8)  Charles Manson (heard of him?), John Gotti (Teflon Don) , David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), Gary Leon Ridgway (The "Green River Killer" ), Dennis Rader (BTK Killer),  Lyle and Erik Menendez, Paul Bernardo (Canada),  Roch Thériault (Canada) and on and on.

Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker), yes, I know he was sentenced to death, but California judges do all they can to turn death sentences into life sentences. Ramirez died of cancer, June, 2014, after 25 years on death row

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution

Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution
Dudley Sharp
"(Dr. Phillip) Nitschke called (nitrogen gas hypoxia) "flawless" . . .  Inhaling the pure nitrogen, patients lose consciousness immediately (in approximately 12 seconds) and die a few minutes later." ". . . extremely quick . . . no drugs . . . reliable, peaceful, available . . . " (1).
No panic nor suffocation effect with nitrogen.
"Close contact with an enclosed inert gas (as nitrogen) is lethal because it flushes oxygen from the body, but released into the open air, it quickly disperses, and is safe for others." (2) A sealed gas chamber is not required - just an oxygen mask and a secured prisoner.
1)"Exit International's euthanasia device", Euthanasia device,, viewed/copied 3/13/2104.
2) "Inert gas asphyxiation",, viewed/copied 3/13/2014
International Humanitarian Hypoxia Project
Is There A More Humane Way To Kill?, Lawrence Gist II, 6/22/09
Creque, S.A. "Killing with kindness – capital punishment by nitrogen asphyxiation" National Review. 1995-9-11.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution
Dudley Sharp

Make the effort to think of your daughters, granddaughters and sisters, or any loved ones, as these victims and their family members were forced to do.

During a home invasion and kidnapping:

A, completely, innocent Stephanie Neiman, 19, was shot twice with a shotgun. The criminals made Stephanie watch as they dug her grave. Stephanie was placed, alive, in that grave, moaning and crying, and buried, alive (1).

Summer Hair was anally and vaginally raped, twice, on separate occasions and different locations and forced to perform oral sex. She lived (1).

Lockett gave a full confession, with no remorse. 

Lockett was an ongoing, continuing threat while on death row (2), just as he was before these crimes.

In the full context of Lockett's crimes and his death, there is no reason for anyone to use them as a reason to abandoned the death penalty and every reason to reflect on why some crimes deserve the death penalty.

Remember Stephanie and Summer.

Predictably, death penalty opponents are using Lockett as their newest poster murderer to fight death penalty support.

Anti death penalty legislators in the New Hampshire House of Representatives even used Lockett as the foundation for a re-vote on death penalty repeal.

Fortunately, with that re-vote, the House had 7 fewer votes for repeal and 13 more votes for retention.  Thank you. The Senate refused to reconsider and the death penalty remains.

Lockett's crimes call for more death penalty support.


Death penalty opponents, in all states, are using Lockett's "botched" execution, in Oklahoma,  to call for an end to execution, as is New Hampshire.

Odd. Oklahoma has a history of successful executions, which is, somehow, being forgotten.

Nationally, less than 1% of lethal injections have any problems (cut downs are not problems, but solutions).

Could Lockett have exhibited those noises and movements while unconscious? Of course. Could he have been conscious? Of course.

"Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, which performed (Lockett's) autopsy, concluded that the cause of death was "judicial execution by lethal injection." But the report does not answer why the execution took so long and why Lockett writhed on the gurney." He " . . . succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack . . ."  (4)

At this point, no one even knows, for sure, if Lockett suffered. 

"Toxicology reports said all three lethal drugs were found in Lockett's system — the sedative in brain tissue and elsewhere and the other drugs in his blood." (4)

This makes it less likely that he suffered.

But, we do know what happened to Stephanie and Summer. Don't forget them.

With executions, the proper protocol is to have a second IV line, ready to go. Had that been done in Lockett's case, there would have been a brief delay, then the second IV would have been used and no one would have even noticed.

So, let's wait until the full report and stop any blind speculation.

We know what happened with all the blind speculation in McGuire's execution (3) in Ohio. Let's not continue duplicating that nonsense with Lockett.


Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution 



2) "Friends of victim have zero sympathy for Clayton Lockett", New York Daily News, May 2, 2014,

3) The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution

4)  "Drugs, Not Heart Attack, Killed Clayton Lockett In Oklahoma Execution: Autopsy", Tim Talley, AP, 08/28/2014

No "Botched" Execution - Arizona (or Ohio)

No "Botched" Execution - Arizona (or Ohio)
Dudley Sharp

"In 1989, (Wood) hunted down and shot to death his former girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz." (1)

"Debra Dietz's sister, Jeanne Brown, who was at the execution, said, 'Everybody here said (the execution) was excruciating. You don't know what excruciating is. Seeing your dad lying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister lying there in a pool of blood, that's excruciating.'  " (1)

"No one who witnessed the execution has said Wood ever woke up. It simply took a long time for him to die." (1)

"(Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan) said IV lines in the inmate’s arms were “perfectly placed” and insisted that Wood felt no pain. " (2)

He is correct (3), there could have been no pain, only sedation, sleep, coma and death (with apnea, shortness of breath, wheezing, other noises, etc. common).

"Anesthesiology experts say they’re not surprised that the combination of drugs took so long to kill Wood." (2)

“This doesn’t actually sound like a botched execution. This actually sounds like a typical scenario if you used that drug combination,” said Karen Sibert, an anesthesiologist and associate professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Sibert was speaking on behalf of the California Society of Anesthesiologists." (2)

"Dr. Zivot said that midazolam acts 'like a key in a lock,' attaching to a receptor in the body and causing sedation. Once the receptor is saturated, he said, 'it doesn’t matter if you give the person 500 additional doses or five million doses. It won’t have any more effect.'  " (4)

"The documents showed that Mr. Ryan personally directed the execution team to use the additional (14) doses. In his statement, Mr. Ryan said the doses ensured that '(Wood) remained deeply sedated throughout the process, and did not endure pain."  " (4).

For an equally peaceful death, but a quicker one, use  pentobarbital or nitrogen gas, the effects of which are well known.

“ '(Wood's) sedation level was continually monitored and verified by the IV team,' Mr. Ryan said. The intravenous team included a doctor, he said." (4)

Wood's breathing, wheezing and/or gasping is a product of respiratory distress, as expected.

That is easy for anyone to determine.

1) Interview neutral, competent anesthesiologists.
2) Review the pharmacological characteristics of the drugs and their overdosing symptoms.
Very basic. Very easy,  just as with the Ohio execution of Dennis McGuire (5), another case where folks jumped to the wrong conclusions.


For alleged ethical reasons, European pharmaceutical companies, as well as the European Union,  have denied US execution jurisdictions the use of preferred drugs sodium  thiopental, propofol and others, thereby, knowingly bringing greater risk of pain and suffering for death row murderers as well as putting more innocent patients at risk, in their effort to spare murderers lives, for which they have had no success,  even though they would not deny those same drugs for euthanasia or abortion, even though both are banned by the Hippocratic Oath, but the death penalty is not (6).


Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution


Also see:

The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution (Oklahoma)

1)   Execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was NOT botched, EJ Montini, columnist,, 7/24/2014

2) "Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution", Associated Press, Washington Post, July 25, 2014

3) Autopsy doctor finds nothing out of the ordinary in inmate’s execution, Gary Grado  Arizona Capital Times, July 25, 2014.

4)   "Executed Arizona Inmate Got 15 Times Standard Dose, Lawyers Say", Fernanda Santos, New York Times,  AUG. 1, 2014

5)  The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution

6)  Physicians & The State Execution of Murderers: No Medical Ethics Dilemma