On Wednesday in Houston, Judge Gilmore halted the executions of Tommy Lynn Sells, who was set to die today, and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, who was scheduled to die next week, and she ordered the state of Texas to reveal the source of its lethal injection drug to their attorneys. If her order to reveal the source of pentobarbital is upheld, it spells death for the death penalty.
Make no mistake about it, the attorneys representing the two killers are much more interested in abolishing the death penalty than they are in saving the lives of their murderous scumbag clients. Once the identity of a pharmaceutical that supplies lethal execution drugs is revealed, it will be intimidated by the opponents of capital punishment to the extent that it will refuse to furnish anymore of those drugs to state correctional agencies.
Since the courts have banned the use of ‘Old Sparky’ (the electric chair), Texas and the other capital punishment states should consider changing their method of execution from lethal injection to death by hanging. Rope is cheaper and readily available, and the courts have not ruled that hanging constitutes cruel or unusual punishment.