DENVER — A convicted murderer is suing the state of Colorado for saving his life after his heart stopped beating.
I feel for Colorado. If they had followed his instructions, his next of kin would probably be filing suit for allowing him to die. But you have to admit, doesn't it seem like what might have happened if the pages from episode 6, first season "Escape Clause" (where a hypochrondriac sells his soul to Satan in exchange for immortality) had been shuffled together with episode 37, second season "Shadow Play" (where a man keeps getting tried and executed for murder, again, and again, and again).
Daniel Self says he suffers from sleep apnea and he ordered prison guards not to resuscitate him if he stopped breathing. The 54-year-old says in a lawsuit filed in federal court that prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his right to refuse medical treatment when he stopped breathing in 2009.
So: does saving a man's life who doesn't want to be saved qualify as "cruel and unusual punishment"?