TODAY'S QUESTION: What should Missouri do about its capital punishment problem?

Friday, January 14, 2011 | 1:25 p.m. CST; updated 3:43 p.m. CST, Friday, January 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — Missouri has enough drug supplies for five executions with the next execution scheduled for Feb. 9.

Documents uncovered by the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri through a freedom of information request found that the Missouri Department of Corrections has a dwindling supply of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious. This drug is required in the state's execution protocol.

Missouri currently has 12 prisoners on death row awaiting executions, and the drug supply expiration date is March 1, according to a document supplied to the state by the ACLU.

Not only is the drug expiring on March 1, but also Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill., the drug's sole U.S. manufacturer, has blamed supplier issues for its inability to make the drug.

What do you think Missouri should do with capital punishment?

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Paul Allaire January 14, 2011 | 7:58 p.m.

My opinion about what they should do with capital punishment?
They should kill it.

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frank christian January 14, 2011 | 9:29 p.m.

Why should availability of a prescribed drug pose your question? Have they tried "the street"? Most everything else is available there.

That innocents might die, with the forensic technology of today, holds no water with me. Were the six in AZ "guilty"?

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Corey Parks January 14, 2011 | 9:30 p.m.

Looks like they better get going with just under 2 months to use it up. What are they waiting for?

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Ann Edwards January 15, 2011 | 7:08 a.m.

Surely they can buy more on ebay???

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Mark Foecking January 15, 2011 | 5:19 p.m.

They should change their protocol.

If it were me, I would have a licensed anesthesiologist render the convict unconscious, by whatever means he sees fit, and then have the corrections personnel administer the potassium and the paralytic. That way, the anesthesiologist doesn't do anything against his oath, and the convict is assured a humane death.

Or just use pentobarbital. If it works for animals (and it certainly will if Prop B goes into effect), it will work for humans.


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Corey Parks January 15, 2011 | 5:58 p.m.

I did not know that it was necessary to place the convict unconscious before delivering a bullet to the back of the neck. What is this world coming too? I bet they even use rubbing alcohol before inserting the needle don't they?

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