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Stick or chop for murderers?

So if Mme. la Guillotine is introduced, who (apart from LIVE/guage) would be prepared to pull the blade release and clean-up the gore?

Lethal Injection Doctor Defends Method

By Robert Nisbet
US correspondent
Updated: 10:19, Monday October 29, 2007
The American doctor who developed the lethal injection has told Sky News the guillotine is the best way to ensure a swift execution.

Dr A Jay Chapman

The chemical formula developed 30 years ago by Dr A Jay Chapman, when he was Oklahoma's chief medical examiner, is now under intense scrutiny.
The Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal brought by two inmates on death row in Kentucky.
The legal process has effectively postponed the death penalty in America, with 17 states delaying executions as a direct result of the decision.
Convicted murderers Ralph Baze and Thomas C Bowling claim the injection is a "cruel and unusual punishment", which is outlawed by the US Constitution's eighth amendment.
Prison officials currently administer the drugs cocktail which includes an anaesthetic, a drug to cause paralysis and another to stop the heart.
"In an operating room that is performed by a trained doctor who watches the level of anaesthetic," said Richard Dieter, who runs the Death Penalty Information Centre.
"No one disputes the fact that the next two drugs can be very painful if you're not under an anaesthetic."
But in a rare interview with Sky News at his home in Santa Rosa, California, Dr Chapman defended his invention, saying its opponents were using every legal device possible to force an end to the death penalty.
17 US states are delaying executions

"If there is any pain, it's a stinging type of sensation. It is not the horrific and excruciating pain that has been alleged," he said.
"The best way to ensure a swift execution and the most sure-fire? There is nothing wrong with the guillotine. That is absolutely effective, and if people have a problem with drugs, then bring back the guillotine."
The Supreme Court is unlikely to recommend beheading, although opponents of the death penalty, such as Amnesty International, believe the current court does have a conservative bias.
Of the nine justices, seven were nominated by Republican presidents - the political party which has traditionally supported capital punishment.
It could take as long as six months for the Supreme Court to reach a decision. Until then, most of America's execution chambers will stay locked up.
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In there time the actual beheading was very quick - often to the gathered crowd's disgust - taking less than half a second from blade drop to the victim's head rolling into the waiting basket.

However, debate raged over whether the quickness of the execution was humane or not, as many doctors put forward the notion that it could take up to 30 seconds before the victim lost consciousness.

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^ Those were the days....

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Meathead must die ! lol was that a two tier joke on purpose
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Who to pull the blade release? Spouse, parent or closest living relative of the victim.

Who to clean up? There are companies that specialize in crime scene clean up or other hazardous waste clean up. Contract it out to them.

I'm a supporter of capital punishment in certain cases. However, if we could actually get jail sentences that were truly punitive, I'd support those over death. Instead of TV, cigarettes and early parole I'd rather see chain gang labour and total isolation/deprivation when not working to pay their debt to society. Feed them, clothe them, keep them in decent health and that's pretty much it for the duration of the sentence.
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The Middle Eastern custom of leaving murderers to the mercy of the victim's families has a certain ring of justice.
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