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Trib: Executions Too Sanitized

Paul Ezra Rhoades' execution - now set for Friday - will be edited for content. By the time your eyes and ears at the event - the four reporters among 14 witnesses - are ushered into the room, they will see a condemned man strapped down on a gurney with hypodermic needles already inserted into his veins. They'll listen to Rhoades' death warrant being read. If Rhoades - convicted nearly a quarter-century ago of murdering three people in eastern Idaho - has any last words, they'll hear those as well. Then, they'll view Rhoades coming under the spell of sodium pentothal, which is supposed to render him senseless. From there, they'll wait as a second agent, pancuronium bromide, paralyzes him and halts his breathing. Finally, potassium chloride will stop his heart/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should the U.S. televise executions?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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