Monday, November 30, 2015
It speaks to everything that is wrong with capital punishment as it is applied in states like ours, where justice has been supplemented by a monstrously surreal bloodlust and the inability to treat execution for the savagery that it is.
This is not to say that Wood was innocent. Just the opposite.
He was a cold-blooded killer. In 1989 he hunted down and shot to death his former girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz. He was convicted of the crime. The citizens of the state of Arizona decided to kill him.
And we did.
Only in trying to execute Wood in a "humane" way, as if such a thing is possible, we did just the opposite.
The CBS reporter spoke to Kiefer as well as to Dale Baich, one of Wood's attorneys, who said, "I’ve witnessed a number of executions before and I’ve never seen anything like this."
He also spoke with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who came off like a lame apologist for the state's clumsy, unethical, possibly illegal effort to get the death penalty drugs under Gov. Jan Brewer's administration. Brnovich also sounded like a pro-death penalty blowhard hoping to impress conservative voters.
In the end, the person who made the most sense in the CBS report was Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kozinski's court has been in the forefront of the legal battle over all of this and he has spoken boldly and bluntly about it.