The value of life

His name is Frank Van Den Bleeken, and he is a murderer. He has endured thirty years of a life-in-prison sentence, but he wants to end it all. The country of Holland, however, has outlawed the death penalty, so he is seeking relief from a surprising source: He will be given a lethal injection of sodium pentothal from a doctor in what amounts to a doctor assisted suicide (National Review, October 2014, page 15).

The phrase used commonly in the United States is “cruel and unusual punishment.” Recent botched executions in Oklahoma and California have tended to lend credence to the idea that an execution, any kind of execution, for the most heinous of crimes, is “cruel and unusual.” Continue reading “The value of life”