Execution of Michael Beuke in Ohio
Michael Beuke passed away from this world today by lethal injection provided by the State of Ohio. Beuke was convicted of killing a motorist and trying to kill two others while hitchhiking near Cincinnati in 1983.
Beuke's execution provides another opportunity to ponder capital punishment. The Ohio protocol was developed after the botched execution of Romell Broom. The protocol consists of a single intravenous injection of sodium thiopental with a secondary, fail-safe measure that uses intramuscular injection of midazolam and hydromorphone in the event the sodium thiopental proves labor-intensive, inconvenient, or painful.
Should the U. S. continue to allow states to carry out executions? I believe we live in an age that is elolving to a state of consciousness that can no longer support deliberate termination of living beings.
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