Senator John McCain said Wednesday's execution of Joseph Wood, which took more than 90 minutes and left him gasping for air throughout, was a 'bollocks-upped situation.' McCain supports capital punishment for certain crimes.
While Sen. John McCain called the prolonged Arizona execution 'torture,' a US judge who had granted a stay, later overruled, said if Americans cannot stomach a firing squad, 'then we shouldn't be carrying out executions at all.'
The execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood Wednesday afternoon took almost two hours, with Wood gasping repeatedly and making audible sounds throughout. An emergency legal appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court was unsuccessful.
The Supreme Court cleared the way to carry out the execution of Arizona murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison amid new scrutiny nationwide over lethal injections after several controversial executions.
A federal judge struck down California's death penalty on Wednesday, ruling that death-row wait times are too long and the application of the sentence is too arbitrary, in violation of a constitutional ban on 'cruel and unusual punishment.'
A federal judge called California's death penalty an empty promise that violated Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. Executions have been suspended in California for eight years.
Mariam Ibrahim was sentenced to death in Sudan, then released, but detained again Tuesday as she attempted to fly from Sudan to the US. On Thursday, a lawyer confirmed Ibrahim had been released from police custody.