I just read these two paragraphs, from an article on Clarence Ray Allen being executed. I think it hilights what I don't "get" about the death penalty.
Having suffered a heart attack back in September, Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request prison officials said they would not honor.
"At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life," said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. "We would resuscitate him," then execute him.