Alabama Supreme Court Green Lights Nitrogen Gas Execution for Convict Who Survived Lethal Injection

The Alabama Supreme Court has authorized the execution of a death row inmate who previously survived after being given a lethal injection.

The convict, Alan Eugene Miller, will now receive execution by nitrogen gas, the Washington Examiner reported.

Alabama’s high court authorized the method in a decision Thursday.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not set the date for Miller’s execution.

Once it’s carried out, Miller will become the second death row inmate to die by nitrogen gas in the state.

However, the method has become controversial among liberal death penalty opponents.

After being convicted of killing three men during a 1999 workplace shooting, Miller was set to die by lethal injection.

However, the drug cocktail administered to Miller did not succeed in taking his life.

Attorneys for the condemned man echoed liberal opinions that the failed attempt was “precisely the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain that the Eighth Amendment was intended to prohibit.”

The state is attempting to finish the job with the new method that has many up in arms.

The attorney general’s office petitioned the court to allow for the new method for Miller’s execution.

He has a pending lawsuit against the method due to the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The first man to die by nitrogen gas was Kenneth Smith, who was executed in January.

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Witnesses reported that Smith “thrashed violently on the gurney” and continued to breathe for several agonizing minutes before finally passing away.

Alabama reporter Lee Hedgepeth attended Smith’s execution and noted that it was unlike others he’d witnessed.

“I’ve been to four previous executions, and I’ve never seen a condemned inmate thrash in the way that Kenneth Smith reacted to the nitrogen gas,” Hedgepeth said.

“Kenny just began to gasp for air repeatedly, and the execution took about 25 minutes total.”

Like Miller, Smith had also survived a previous execution attempt.

“Rather than address these failures, the State of Alabama has attempted to maintain secrecy and avoid public scrutiny, in part by misrepresenting what happened in this botched execution,” Miller’s attorneys said.

The next attempt might be just as troublesome.

Executions used to be done through violent means such as firing squad, hanging, or the electric chair.

The modern notion is that lethal injection is a more civilized and humane way to go about it.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way in practice.

A 2022 report by the Associated Press examined the myriad problems states are having with the method following the cases of Smith and Miller.

After introducing the method in Texas in 1982, lethal injection has run up against several problems over the years, “including difficulty finding usable veins, needles becoming disengaged or problems with the lethal chemicals.”

There’s also a reluctance of medical professionals to assist in executions, which causes staffing problems and leads to further complications due to inexperienced staff.

Ngozi Ndulue, the deputy director of the Death Penalty Information Center, noted:

“Requirements around training vary from state to state, and because a number of medical professionals are unwilling to be involved in executions, they’re usually very minimal in terms of training.

“There are also protocols that are silent about what background the execution team must have.”

Officials need to find the most humane ways to carry out these executions if the death penalty is to remain the law of the land in these states.

A civil society may certainly employ the measure, but it must not mistreat the inmates who are to receive it.

READ MORE – Top UK Lawmaker Calls for Bill Gates to Be Executed for ‘Crimes against Humanity’

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