Monday, February 26, 2024

The White House reacts to the controversial US execution method

“The reports about Kenneth Smith and his death last night are obviously very worrying. It’s very concerning for us as an administration; it’s very concerning for us here at the White House,” Executive Mansion Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

According to the official, “the president has spoken for a long time and has deep concerns about how the death penalty should be applied and whether it is consistent with our values.”

However, calls to halt the execution of the sentence, including appeals by the convict, have been futile.

Smith, sentenced to the maximum sentence for his role in a contract killing in 1988, was killed last night due to nitrogen hypoxia (a lack of oxygen). The convicted man breathed nitrogen through a face mask, which caused him to suffocate.

Critics oppose the method because they consider it to violate the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a last-minute attempt to block the completion of Smith’s sentence, even as liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissenting opinion that Alabama used the condemned man as a “guinea pig” in the experiment.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has imposed a moratorium on the death penalty at the federal level in 2021, which Biden supports.

More than a year ago, the state had to suspend an attempt to kill Smith by lethal injection because it was impossible to give him an intravenous line.

The state opposed his appeal, saying this week that the procedure would be “better than what Smith gave Elizabeth Sennett nearly 36 years ago,” referring to the victim in the case.

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