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The media gets to have their field day again with numbers. This time it is the number 1,000. Kenneth Lee Boyd will be the 1,000th person to face the death penalty since it reinstatement in 1976.
Clemency from the governor had been Boyd's last chance to avoid execution. He will be strapped to a gurney at 2 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Friday and given an opportunity to make a last statement.The only problem I have with this is the time. Couldn't they have picked a time when the executioner wasn't going to have to get paid overtime?
He will then be injected with three drugs -- sodium pentothal to put him to sleep, pancuronium bromide to paralyze him, and potassium chloride to stop his heart. Five minutes after his heart stops, he will officially be declared dead.
Only China, Iran and Vietnam held more executions in 2004 than the United States, according to rights group Amnesty International.Yay! It's time for the liberal interjection. 'We kill violent criminals so let's compare the U.S. to communist dictatorships.' I'm sure Iran, Vietnam, and China all use exclusively humane methods too. Let's look to the statistics(2004):
Per capita we are below Yemen! How many of these criminals were under 18? Zero. How many have we beheaded? Zero. How many were killed in a cruel or unusual manner? Zero. Publicly executed? Zero.