Is dying by lethal injection peaceful? Do lethal injections or any execution make sense, when studies show 5.1% of death row inmates are perhaps innocent?
“Misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful.” Judge Kozinski said that we should revert to more primitive methods like the guillotine, electric chair, gas chamber, and firing squads because they are accurate and do not mask the brutality. He wrote, “Sure, firing squads can be messy, but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood. If we, as a society, cannot stomach the splatter from an execution carried out by firing squad, then we shouldn’t be carrying out executions at all.” (Ninth Circuit judge Alex Kozinski)