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Editorial: Free market vs. death penalty

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It’s been a tough year for states that employ the death penalty. An episode in Arizona Wednesday just made it worse.

The state of Arizona’s execution by lethal injection of a convicted murderer lasted almost two hours Wednesday; a typical execution lasts 15 minutes or less. Witnesses at Wednesday’s execution of Joseph R. Wood III noted the man gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes before he died.