Death Penalty More Merciful than Euthanasia?

I was just listening to a little Springer on the Radio and heard a caller bring up the fact that Tookie Williams was put to death in 22 minutes, while it took almost a week for Terry Schaivo to die once her feeding tube was removed.

While the circumstances of their deaths have little in common, they way they died was decided by laws we have created. Why the inconsistency? I assume the reason we use lethal injection for death sentences is because it’s one of the less greusome ways to kill someone. Why doesn’t the same thing apply to medical death sentences?

We don’t starve or dehydrate our death row inmates to death, but we so with braindead loved ones.

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