Freedman's excuses tell us more about her and the business she runs than they do about Roxane Gay. Her insistence that her team had more than a dozen exchanges with Gay's people tell me that they were unable to follow simple instructions or that they replied with curiosity for detail rather than respect for accommodating their guest's requirements. Her amazement that Gay mightn't want to be photographed despite having read a whole book about her relationship with her body showed a breathtaking lack of ability to learn from the texts she consumes.
Ohio has another execution scheduled for March, but the circumstances of McGuire’s death offer a strong argument for that inmate’s defense team. “I think they’re going to look at these challenges, especially those involving new sources and new drugs, and ask the state to prove their case,” Richard Dieter, Executive Director of the anti-death penalty Death Penalty Information Center told msnbc. The fact that doctors correctly predicted gasping and “air hunger” could make it easier for judges to prevent more untested methods from being used.
There is great discussion as to whether capital punishment is cruel and unusual. Common arguments are that capital punishment is more expensive when factoring in appeals versus life in prison , and that the government has been wrong before on death penalty cases (therefore, the government could be wrong again, and the government ought not have the authority to end a life). These two arguments alone may or may not qualify under the tests the government puts forth, which could also be considered arbitrary itself, especially if society is not informed enough on these considerable facts. For most of recorded history, capital punishments were often deliberately painful. Severe historical penalties include the breaking wheel , boiling to death , flaying , disembowelment , crucifixion , impalement , crushing , stoning , execution by burning , dismemberment , sawing , scaphism , or necklacing .