A controversial federal judge thinks firing squads and guillotines should come back in style as the debate over executions in Arkansas rages on.
Ninth Circuit Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski,(difficult to believe this guy is from the 9th) in an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” set to air Sunday, said conducting lethal injections is a sham that masks that fact that people are getting killed.
“The use of lethal injection is the way of lying to ourselves, to make it look like executions are peaceful, benign ... like going to sleep,” said Kozinski, who isn’t involved in the Arkansas proceedings. “And they’re not. They’re brutal things.”
So then what? Kozinski said the act should match the punishment.
When interviewer Lesley Stahl mentions that Kozinski favors death by firing squad, the longtime justice quips: “Never fails.”
Then she brings up his support of the guillotine — a late-18th century device that chops off the head.
“Well, you know, it’s 100% effective,” Kozinski said of the device made famous for beheading aristocrats during the French Revolution. “And it leaves no doubt that what we are doing is a violent thing. If we as a society are willing to take away human life, we should be willing to watch it.”
Wowie! Wait until the libbie gets ahold of this one.