In light of recent news out of Ohio, I thought it was a good time to discuss capital punishment in the US. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2014/0117/Ohio-executes-killer-Was-untested-lethal-injection-cruel-and-unusual On Thursday, January 16th, 2014 Dennis McGuire was executed for raping and killing a newlywed woman in 1989. Because Ohio had run out of their usual lethal injection cocktail, they resorted to an untested mixture of drugs which caused him to suffer for almost 25 minutes before he finally was pronounced dead. This opens up a discussion about the use of this new drug, obviously, but it also exposes the broader topic of capital punishment in our country. Since 1976, 1,264 people have been executed, a relatively small number compared to the amount of heinous acts of evil that are perpetrated. How do we temper any sympathy for the short-term suffering of a murderer/rapist compared to the suffering of an innocent pregnant woman who was raped and murdered? Discuss.