July 12, 2005

What's Wrong With This Situation?

As we learned this spring, an incapacitated woman can be deprived of water and food until dead on the say-so of her estranged husband. However convicted murderers and rapists cannot be executed if they are comatose, and must be perfectly healthy before we kill them. Who thinks this stuff up?

I understand the need to place moral and legal restrictions on the death penalty, but considering the first step of the death penalty is to make the felon unconscious, it seems like a comatose death row inmate saves the state from an anesthesiologist's bill.

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