It’s past time for the death penalty to go on indefinite hiatus. It’s sad enough that the company we’re keeping on the “executing criminals” front is China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. It’s deplorable enough that we know to a certainty that people have been put to death in this country for crimes they didn’t commit. Either of these facts alone ought to be enough to have ended the death penalty a long time ago. But if we can’t carry out an execution without making the dying convict suffer horribly in the process, then that’s the final straw.