Thursday, February 27, 2014


Attorneys for Michael Taylor, who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989, lied – as attorneys always do – when they argued that the use of pentobarbital supplied by a compounding pharmacy would cause Taylor ‘severe, unnecessary, lingering and ultimately inhumane pain’

Taylor’s execution went off without a hitch Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. Missouri time. The Missouri Department of Public safety reported that Taylor took two deep breaths before closing his eyes for the last time. He was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

The Supreme Court denied the last minute appeal by Taylor’s attorneys claiming that the use of pentobarbital supplied by an unknown compounding pharmacy had him facing inhumane pain and suffering in violation of constitutional guarantees against cruel and unusual punishment.

Taylor’s 15-year-old victim was the one subjected to prolonged inhumane pain and suffering when she was brutally raped and then left to die for half an hour after she was viciously stabbed 10 times.

Taylor became the fourth Missouri inmate put to death since last November and the 72nd Missouri inmate executed since 1976. Jeffrey Ferguson, who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 17-year-old girl 25 years ago, is scheduled to be executed March 26. I’ll be damned if Missouri isn’t outpacing Texas in carrying out the death penalty.

After the injection of pentobarbital, Taylor went to sleep like a baby. His attorneys knew they were lying with their outlandish arguments about cruel and unusual punishment. Look for Jeffrey Ferguson’s attorneys to file a last minute appeal using the same phony arguments.

In Taylor’s case, it would have been cruel and unusual punishment if the authorities had gotten another inmate to rape the scumbag and then stab him 10 times, making sure it would take him half an hour to croak. Come to think of it, that would have been quite appropriate and would have served the cause of justice rather well.

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