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U.S. Executes Virginia Drug Trafficker Despite Covid-19 Infection

1/15/2021 2:25:00 PM

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in a series of eleven murders in Virginia’s capital city.Johnson, alongside another death row inmate Dustin Higgs, was granted a temporary stay of execution to allow him to recover from Covid-19 after lawyers argued a lethal injection of pentobarbital would cause extreme pain due to the infection-induced lung damage.

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Lawyers said this would constitute a “cruel and unusual” punishment, which is prohibited by the constitution, but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling, paving the way for his execution yesterday, whileHiggs’s execution is scheduled for Friday. 

Johnson’s legal team had argued that he was intellectually disabled and could only read and write at an elementary school level, adding that he lacked the constitutionally required mental capacity for execution.The 52-year-old was pronounced dead at 11:34pm Thursday after receiving a lethal injection of pentobarbital at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. headtopics.com

Crucial Quote“The government’s arbitrary rush to execute Mr. Johnson, who was categorically ineligible for execution due to his significant impairments, rested on procedural technicalities rather than any serious dispute that he was intellectually disabled,” Johnson’s lawyers

. The government executed a person “with an intellectual disability, in stark violation of the Constitution and federal law.”Key Background Read more: Forbes »

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We don’t execute people who have a cold? How many people did your Chinese paymasters execute for dissenting thought? XiJinThePooh FuckThePRC FreeHongKong FreetheUighurs NeverForget Good. I guess forbes now supports Drug dealers and murders. What did the death certificate say the cause of Death was? COVID or lethal injection?

With all the overdoses he caused I’d call it even Would you rather he die from COVID? Why would having covid prevent an execution? Ridiculous. thanks