Missouri: We May Have to Bring Back Gas Chambers
Attorney general warns state supreme court
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
In this Feb. 19, 2009 file photo, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster talks to members of the Missouri Press Association in Jefferson City, Mo.   (AP Photo/Kelley McCall, File)

(Newser) – If the Missouri supreme court doesn't start letting the state schedule lethal injection executions again—and soon—the state may be forced to revert to the gas chamber, Attorney General Chris Koster warned this week. The trouble began when drug companies started refusing to sell their products to corrections departments, leading to a shortage of execution drugs, the Guardian reports. Missouri became the first state to switch to a one-drug lethal injection protocol, and planned to use high doses of propofol. But death row inmates challenged the plan, and the state supreme court put executions on hold until the matter is settled.

But the state's supplies of propofol are expiring, with the last batch set to become useless in 2015. "As each supply expires, the department's ability to carry out lawfully imposed capital sentences diminishes," Koster said in a motion filed with the court. "Unless the court changes its current course, the legislature will soon be compelled to fund statutorily-authorized alternative methods of execution to carry out lawful judgments," AKA the gas chamber. Missouri hasn't used the gas chamber since 1965, and one attorney helping with the propofol challenge says he doubts the court would allow it to be brought back: "Its use has fallen into disrepute." Oh, and then there's the fact that the old gas chamber is now a tourist attraction, the AP notes.

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Observer
Jul 7, 2013 7:25 AM CDT
It is so easy for rich white Lawyers to sentence mostly minorities to death. So why don't they also have to execute the sentence in their expensive Brooks Brothers suits? Beheading works just fine. You only need a strong swing and a sharp, heavy axe. Just watch out for the spatter and squirting arteries. Blood is hard to get out of silk or wool. Stonings are even easier. Put the sorry victim in a burlap bag gather a bunch of the staffers and secretaries in the parking lot and provide lots of large rocks or bricks and make a social event out of it. Award prizes to the stoner with the most style or grace.
Corsica
Jul 7, 2013 5:14 AM CDT
"But death row inmates challenged the plan...." Ah those fkg murdering scum, ya gotta love 'em. Too bad the victims they slaughtered couldn't challenge their plans to murder them.
augie2
Jul 7, 2013 1:22 AM CDT
Why worry how "comfy" the mutt on death row is at his/her execution. They certainly didn't give their victims any kind of break. Shoot the bastards once and for all. Using gas is good and they deserve no better.