Some crimes require final punishment

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:56 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the death penalty as an appropriate punishment for aggravated murder or other grievous assaults upon humanity, we should applaud the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Missouri’s lethal injection procedure is neither cruel nor unusual punishment. The halting of executions by U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. was but a blatant subterfuge in tailoring the law by the imposition of his own personal beliefs in pandering to the anti-death penalty crowd.