China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and the United States of America ranked first through fifth, respectively, in terms of how many people were executed by their governments for breaking laws. The number of executions – statistics ran from 2007 through 2012 – for the top (worst?) five countries range in the thousands for China, a nation that doesn’t formally release counts of people executed by its government, to 220 in the United States.
Many civilized nations are opposed to the death penalty, as it isn’t humane. Research indicates that 138 innocent people once facing the death penalty in the United States were released from custody, as their charges were absolved because those 138 people were found innocent. Some of the most ruthless countries on planet Earth support the death penalty. The system costs millions of dollars, with countless executionees exhibiting symptoms of consciousness and pain during the execution process.
So, What Does The Death Penalty Have To Do With Anything?
Floridian Eric Scott Branch was executed via lethal injection in Starke’s Florida State Prison just yesterday, on Thursday, February 22, for committing a heinous crime more than 20 years ago.
Back in 1993, Branch allegedly raped a murdered 21-year-old Susan Morris, then a college student at the University of West Florida, a state school in the Sunshine State. Following the slaying, Branch hurriedly dug a shallow grave just yards off course from a secluded walking trail, where authorities later found her body.
Branch purportedly admitted that he killed Susan Morris just to have untethered access to her vehicle. In response to such a cold-blooded, heartless crime, authorities sentenced Eric Scott Branch to death.
You can’t disagree that what Branch did was heinous in its worst form. However, you can argue the ethics of what happened during his execution.
Around 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on Thursday, February 22, was when Branch was reported to have screamed disturbingly loudly following administration of the trio of deadly drugs used in lethal injection in the United States. Following the scream, Branch proclaimed “Murderers! Murderers! Murderers!” while violently shaking on the gurney he was restrained on, with thick leather straps around his arms, chest, waist, and legs.
What You Can Take From This
Death penalty is a controversial, hot-button issue for a reason. I encourage you to read up on the ethicality of the death penalty and alternatives to it. Afterwards, please visit back and reply to this article your thoughts on Florida’s recent execution.