The execution of Michael Taylor, for the rape and murder of a teenage girl many years ago, faced certain barriers. The choice of lethal injection in Missouri for the death penalty may cause undue suffering according to experts.
He committed a brutal crime in 1989 and he was awaiting death row. Michael Taylor and a friend were drug addicts and the two destroyed the family life of a couple by abducting, raping and killing their daughter in cold blood.
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Later on in 2006 his death sentence was procrastinated due to certain issues with the potency of lethal injections that put you to sleep forever.
Until then pentobarbital was used in the deadly hypodermic syringes. The new ingredients in these agents of death are suspected to cause suffering and so they are often not sold by pharmacies. This shortage caused the delay in capital punishment.
But today the state of Missouri that held Taylor responsible for the heinous crime awarded him the death sentence by lethal injection. His victim, Ann Harrison’s parents were unwilling to forgive him. They claimed that the ultimate crime deserved the ultimate punishment.
Taylor however had completely changed from the evil person he was way back when he committed the disgraceful act. He had transformed for the better and said repeatedly that he was very sorry for what he did. The contrition was obvious in his manner.
Yet the law in Missouri has ordered his execution by lethal injection. And there are no two ways about it. Someone has gone so far as to say that while suffering is to be condemned that doesn’t mean that the pillow on which Taylor was to lie down had to be plumped for his comfort.
The Constitution of the United States however clearly states that any unusual or cruel form of punishment is not to be administered to criminals. Governor Jay Nixon presided over the execution of Taylor. Whether justice was done or not remains a moot point. There are parties entrenched in their ways for and against the death penalty.
Maybe some day when life is fairer and the liberal trends have truly caught on there will be more tolerance in this world. For now many states in the US still award this brutal method of dark justice to victims of society’s cruel and horrid ways.
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