The hour of Thomas Eugene Creech’s death has been set, and it is rapidly approaching.

On Wednesday morning Idaho prison officials will ask the 73-year-old if he would like a mild sedative to help calm him before his execution at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution south of Boise. Then, at 10 a.m. local time, they will bring him into the execution chamber and strap him to a padded medical table.

Defense attorneys and the warden will check for any last-minute court orders that would halt the execution of Creech, who is one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the U.S.

Barring any legal stay, volunteers with medical training will insert a catheter into one of Creech’s veins. He’ll be given a chance to say his last words, and a spiritual advisor may pray with him. Then the state will inject a drug intended to kill the man who has been convicted of five murders in three states and is suspected in several more.

  • Flying Squid
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    73 months ago

    It’s not a matter of whether or not he deserves it.

    We have an eighth amendment to the U.S. constitution and if you’re not familiar with it, this is it:

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

    Very simple. No cruel punishments. Regardless of whether you or anyone else feels that they deserve to be tortured.

    • @Woht24
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      -23 months ago

      Well torture is your definition of it, not one I agree with. I’m not American and don’t know your constitution, or care to know it but it seems your own government doesn’t agree with you. Regardless of whether you or anyone else feels that way.

      • Flying Squid
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        13 months ago

        Really? You wouldn’t be tortured by knowing the exact time and date of your death and knowing that nothing you did would stop it?

        Because I think I can safely say that would be torture for most people.

        • @Woht24
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          03 months ago

          For most people, yes, I’d agree with.

          For someone who’s killed, usually multiple people, I think they view life and death a bit different to the average person. Regardless of semantics, this ‘torture’ isn’t cruel or unusual, it’s a consequence and one that is afforded to them in the interest of fairness to allow appeals etc.

          As soon as the judges gavel bangs, they could be immediately shot. Would that be better?

          • Flying Squid
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            03 months ago

            Why even have a judge? Why not let police just kill them? Why give them a trial at all?