John McCain: Botched Execution Was Torture
He says 'bollocks-upped' situation is unacceptable
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2014 2:15 AM CDT
This photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood.    (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – John McCain, who learned a thing or two about torture during his years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, says the botched execution of an Arizona inmate was torture and that the people involved need to be held responsible. "I believe in the death penalty for certain crimes. But that is not an acceptable way of carrying it out," the Arizona senator tells Politico. "The lethal injection needs to be an indeed lethal injection and not the bollocks-upped situation that just prevailed. That’s torture." However, he says he doesn't plan to raise the issue with Gov. Jan Brewer because it's a state issue for the state to deal with.

Double murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood took nearly two hours to die on Wednesday, and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy rejected a request to halt the execution after an hour had elapsed. The director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, however, says it's "premature and erroneous" to call the execution "botched," reports the Arizona Republic. "There is no medical or forensic evidence to date that supports that conclusion. In fact, the evidence gathered thus far supports the opposite," the director said yesterday. According to a transcript of a phone call made to a district court judge during the execution, an assistant attorney general argued that Woods was "effectively brain-dead" as he gasped for breath and there was no point in stopping the execution. The judge said it was "very concerning" that the AG's opinion was based on a visual observation instead of monitoring equipment.

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Tyrone Nunnely
Aug 2, 2014 8:06 PM CDT
Can someone PLEASE give that old fool john s, mcRINO a shot(s) just like they gave that killer. Maybe that will shut that traitor mcRINO UP!!!
PerryM9
Aug 2, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
Just switch to the guillotine. It is fast, quick and true. Better than hanging and it is neither cruel nor unusual punishment, that being drawn and quartered or burned at the stake.
Mesha forever young
Jul 27, 2014 6:06 AM CDT
Being Hung by the neck until dead is not torture it;s legal for Treason and John MCcain is Treason but so is Shcumar and Obama ,Ried, Graham,Pelosi Hillery Boener and ext,ext,ext,