Originally created 10/26/01

Injection cruel? How about victims?

Regarding the Oct. 15 article in The Chronicle's Metro section, "Lawyers oppose lethal injection":

Words cannot describe the absolute disgust that I felt when I read this article. The audacity of these attorneys is just revolting. The article has them comparing the prick of a needle to the brutal murdering techniques of four death row inmates.

Mark McClain shot to death a 20-year-old man. Ernest Morrison raped and strangled a 54-year-old woman. Alexander Williams kidnapped, raped, robbed and shot to death a 16-year-old child. Willie Palmer shot and killed his estranged wife and her child.

I don't know about the rest of Georgia, but that needle prick doesn't sound so bad to me. I bet that if these poor souls had been given the option, they would have said the same thing. I just don't understand how these lawyers can say that lethal injection amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. I think the cruel and unusual punishment here is that these families are still waiting for justice.

Jaime Gallagher, Keysville, Ga.


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