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Stop the Torturous Execution of Rusty Bucklew

Rocky Myers

Russell "Rusty" Bucklew is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Missouri on October 1. Like all executions, it will violate international human rights standards as well as the Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. What makes Rusty's execution different is that he has a medical condition that would make it one of the most gruesome in U.S. history.

Rusty has cavernous hemangioma, a rare congenital disease that causes blood-filled tumors to grow in his head, neck, and throat. These tumors will likely rupture during the lethal injection process, causing him to hemorrhage, choke, and suffocate in his own blood.

This is cruel and unusual – and it will result in a bloody, botched execution that will be a stain on not only Missouri, but on this whole country.

Rusty's execution will be the first to take place under Governor Mike Parson – and a botched, gruesome first execution like this one will tarnish his office. Parson has an opportunity right now to show that the people of Missouri choose compassion – not torture.

Let's raise our voices and demand that Governor Parson grant Rusty clemency and spare him from a cruel and unusual execution that violates the Constitution and international human rights.

To Governor Mike Parson:
Russell "Rusty" Bucklew's unique medical condition will make his October 1 execution the most gruesome in U.S. history and a stain on the state of Missouri. Grant Rusty clemency now and spare him from a torturous execution.