Excerpted Letter of Chaplain Dale S. Recinella to the CDCR dated June 27, 2009 -- PART IV
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July 30, 2009
Dale S. Recinella, Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is hoping to begin executions soon based upon a new Lethal Injection protocol which they have put out for public comment. The most obvious comment is that killing people has nothing to do with rehabilitation and, therefore, the department should be renamed as: California Department of Corrections and Legal Killing.

Moreover, in light of Chaplain Recinella’s experiences with actual executions, the procedures reveal that the folks who prepared the new California protocol have not been involved at the ground level in this barbaric practice. They do not comprehend the base and banal human emotions that surface when human beings are granted the license to legally kill each other. Although he is not an expert on chemicals, it is hoped that his input from ground-zero will wake the CDCR from their idealistic reverie.

Starting July 9, 2009 and for the ensuing seven issues, this Ezine will share with the readers Chaplain Recinella’s comments submitted to the CDCR on their new lethal injection protocol:

Excerpted Letter of Chaplain Dale S. Recinella to the CDCR dated June 27, 2009 -- PART IV


Re: Written Public Comments regarding the Proposed Amendments to Title 15, Article 7.5, Section 3349 from a Concerned Citizen with Extensive Experience with Lethal Injection Executions in the U.S.

The purpose of this communication is to provide you with my written public comments regarding the Proposed Amendments to Title 15, Article 7.5, Section 3349 of the California Code of Regulations from the unique standpoint of a concerned citizen with extensive experience with lethal injection executions in the U.S. Because some of my comments are based upon realities that might not be obvious to those who have never been close to this process, certain comments are accompanied by a background paragraph that fills in the context of the official comment. This is especially the case with comments which request that unaddressed areas be addressed. I trust you will give my concerns serious consideration; I look forward to your response which should be sent to the letterhead address.

Continued:

Regarding Section 3349.4.5:
The provisions of this section follow a “two-strikes and your out” methodology. Repeatedly, an option A and an option B are identified with the instruction that if option A does not work, option B is to be followed. There is no provision for the event that option B does not work either, except to redo it.

These provisions should be modified to provide that:

     (a) in the event that the Intravenous Sub-Team is not able to acquire
     one or both of the pre-designated veins, someone has the authority to
     call off the execution instead of slicing the inmate to ribbons; and

     (b) in the event that Option A and B do not work, someone has the
     authority to call off the execution instead of just repeating the steps
     until the inmate dies an agonizing and torturous death.

Background:
Especially with the possibility of vein damage from personal intravenous drug use in earlier life, it is a fairytale to assume that acquisition of pre-designated veins will occur like clockwork. Unless these provisions provide someone with authority to shut down the execution when there is a problem acquiring one or both of the pre-designated vein sites, CDCR will be doomed to repeat the horror stories from other states, including Florida’s botched lethal injection of Bennie Demps in June of 2000. In that case the technicians were reported to have sliced him and butchered him, with blood pouring on the floor, as they tried to acquire the veins.

Even when the veins have been acquired, improper insertions or other unexpected occurrences can result in the horror stories from other states, including Florida’s botched lethal injection of Angel Diaz in December of 2006. The verbatim transcript of my testimony concerning that botched execution (December 13, 2006), given in court, under subpoena and under oath, in State of Florida v. Ian Deco Lightbourne (May 18, 2007) is attached as an exhibit. My statement to my wife on the phone after leaving that botched execution is on transcript page 43: “I just watched a man be tortured to death.”

Unless these provisions provide someone with authority to shut down the execution when there is a problem, redoing the same procedure over and over will result in a torturous death.




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Dale S. Recinella, Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed

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Excellent book on the topic!,
June 13, 2005 Nathan Eanes
(Review from Amazon.com)

The Biblical Truth about America's Death Penalty is a must-read. It deals with Biblical standards of Capital Punishment and then compares them to the system used in America today. It is the best-researched, most faithful to scripture, and most evenhanded analysis I have ever read concerning the Death Penalty. Whatever your persuasion on the issue, this book will teach you a great deal. Recinella is a trained lawyer and committed Christian who now volunteers part-time on Florida's death row. He thus understands law, the Bible, and the system of execution in America. I challenge anyone who supports the Death Penalty to read this book.



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