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Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Arizona's lethal irony

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Arnie Bermudez

The death penalty is a serious issue, and a very ironic one. The very idea of punishing killing by killing does not make sense; it's hypocrisy.

It's the only offense that gets punished with the offense. What's the old saying, "an eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind?" I guess that's why justice is blind.

It makes matters worse when payback can't even be done correctly. This past week convicted murder Joseph Wood was put to death in an Arizona prison through the use of not-all-that-lethal injection. During the botched execution the condemned man spent nearly two hours writhing and gasping for air before finally being pronounced dead.

Despite how horribly and painfully disturbing this may sound, prison officials assure the public he wasn't in any pain. "He was just snoring" — because in Arizona executions are nothing more than sleep apnea in a syringe.

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