The question I posed on Sunday was whether honesty and integrity would prevail over the rush to kill. The context was the effort by the Ohio Attorney General to get the stay of Ken Biros's excution lifted.
I'm not going to run through it all again. You know the background and story by now, and if you don't, you can follow the threads through the posts under the labels Lethal Injection and Kenneth Biros and Romell Broom. In any event, the next chapter's been written.
Here's the Cliff Note version: Kill! Kill! Kill!
The haste is unseemly. The evidence really does seem to indicate that the State is more interested in finding a way to do it than in finding a way to do it right. For some reason, they're fixated on getting Biros dead before Christmas. It's been clear for a couple of months that's what Governor Ted wants. It's surely what Richard Cordray, the Attorney General wants. And it's now what a panel of the 6th Circuit wants. They told us so here.
There have been 48 executions in this country so far during 2009. Texas of course, leads the way. Alabama, with 6, is second. Ohio has 4 so far. And we have 7 scheduled - one a month, through June. Expect more after that.
Someone's enthusiastic about this. By itself, that seems enough reason to call a halt.
I don't know what will happen to Biros or any of the others. I do know it doesn't look good.
And still I keep asking: What's the rush?
We have seven executions scheduled in the next seven months.