“The recent prolonged and painful execution of Dennis McGuire in Ohio with medical drugs was a national disgrace.” – Harold Mandel
“The manner in which Ohio chose to experiment on this human being speaks to the baseless ethical character of Governor Kasich and his administration. The State of Ohio has committed murder without mercy. The universal Christian church loves all of God’s children and believes wholeheartedly in mercy and forgiveness.” – Rev. Anthony Evans
Dennis McGuire has been on death row for many years now, since the crime he committed in 1989. Because the state of Ohio has run out of the usual execution cocktail, they decided to use an untested mix of several different drugs in order to execute McGuire. According to sources who witnessed the execution, McGuire’s death took roughly 25 minutes, during which time he gasped, choked, and seemingly suffered tremendously.
Clearly, this is a case of cruel and unusual punishment. Oh wait, I forgot to mention what he did to earn himself a spot on death row. According to Alan Johnson of the Columbus Dispatch:
“Joy Stewart…was about 30-weeks pregnant when McGuire raped her, choked her, and slashed her throat so deeply it severed both her carotid artery and jugular vein. At the same point, her unborn child died, too…”
McGuire’s family plans to file a lawsuit, alleging cruel and unusual punishment. Now, this whole situation is very interesting. On one hand, we have a right to be executed in a humane way. On the other, what McGuire did all those years ago is so heinous that I cannot muster up even a bit of sympathy for the man. A national disgrace? Outrage? Those are strong words to describe the death of a man who took the lives of two people, and in such a brutal and evil manner.
I’m not sure how to describe this situation. Our world has become saturated with counterintuitive thinking. I think Hollywood may have an influence on this kind of thought process, wherein a killer is seen as equal to his victim. Perhaps he converted after his crime, maybe he had a change of heart in prison, but his crime still stands. Given that, a cruel execution—unintentionally cruel, by the way—seems somewhat insignificant in the grand scheme. If he had to suffer, it is only as a result of his crime.
The man deserved his punishment. If he had to suffer, so be it. His suffering is a drop in the bucket compared to what he inflicted on his victim.