The Arizona Republic reports today that a planned execution in Ohio almost had to delay a recent execution because of a shortage of thiopental sodium, the drug used for lethal injections.
Arizona, it said, might be unable to do its own killin' because of the shortage. A three-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty is about to be ended.
"Barrett Marson, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections, said the department does not have a stockpile of the drug," the paper reported. "According to the state's official execution-procedure manual, finalized in September, the drugs for execution are not ordered until the death warrant is received."
A shortage?! Oh noes!!!1!! WHAT ABOUT TEXAS? If anyone needs a convoy of tanker trucks filled with that stuff, it's us. A worldwide shortage might be devastating to the Huntsville economy.
Rest assured. As you should have known, Texas has itself covered when it comes to executions.
A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman tells Hair Balls TDCJ has enough of the drug for the foreseeable future.
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"We currently have eight executions scheduled through mid-August, and enough of a reserve of this drug that it should not be an issue in Texas," Michelle Lyons says.
Thank Christ for that.
Of course, Christ Himself is/was probably against the death penalty, despite all the "eye for an eye" stuff, so maybe we should thank someone else.
So thank you, Selfless Visionary of the TDCJ supply department, whoever you are. Your canny move to stock up has assured us all that the assembly line of death will not be stilled anytime soon.