A botched execution is apparently not enough of a reason to stop using lethal injection or change the method execution at Florida’s Death Row.
When Angel Diaz was killed in December at Florida State Prison, it took more than twice as long as previous executions and the inmate had to be shot up with a double dose of the deadly chemicals.
In the aftermath of the case, former Gov. Jeb Bush created a panel to study the problem and recommend any changes in the lethal injection process, but commission member Rodney Doss, who works for the state attorney general, says lethal injection was not to blame.
Ross says they simply need to do a better job training the executioners.
"And the council is of a consensus that more training needs to be offered with regard to those individuals from the Department of Corrections who are actually involved in seeing the execution through.”
And while he admits there’s no way they can know for sure, Doss rejects the notion that Diaz suffered during his execution.
“I do not, under any circumstance, have any reason to believe that Angel Diaz suffered, that he we through any contemplation of cruel and unusual punishment during the course of this execution.”
But Florida ACLU attorney Larry Spalding says the entire lethal injection process has been exposed as faulty because it’s a medical procedure without medical oversight.
“What they’ve done in establishing lethal injection is to create a medical process and you can’t walk away from that. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say we’re going to kill people humanely using a valid medical procedure and at the same time the medical profession doesn’t have anything to do with it.”
Doss says the panel will recommend tightening procedures and making sure there’s an established protocol for dealing with any future problems, but they will not call for the abolition of lethal injection.
The commission’s final report is due on the governor’s desk by Thursday.