To the Editor:
The execution of convicted killer Dennis McGuire was called “an agonizing experiment and one that the citizens of Ohio should be appalled at what was done in their names.” His daughter appeared on television, obviously distraught at the suffering her father was exposed to. A defense lawyer stated that “all citizens have a right to expect that they will not be treated or punished in a cruel and unusual way.”
Mr. McGuire was in jail but alive and well for approximately 25 years after violently raping a young pregnant woman and then stabbing her to death. Perhaps the family and the husband of the young newlywed should be asked whether the 20 minutes it took for the killer to die was cruel.
I do not believe that individuals sentenced to death after having committed heinous crimes (proven in court without the shadow of doubt) should be kept incarcerated at government expense in excess of five years. It would be ironic if the death of a murderer becomes a financial bonanza to his family. In America, everything is possible. Some laws should be supplanted to place more emphasis on the victims’ rights.
Pedro C. Santiago