Mexico doesn't have a death penalty. They are so kindly, they don't even have life! No one can serve more than 40 years, and we KNOW what a civilized place mexico is.
I think it's pretty much a given the that DP will disappear in the US. As more and more places stop doing it, extraditions become more difficult. We end up taking the DP off the table for a foreign national in exchange for his return to the US to stand trial.
At some point, probably already, the DP will cross the line and become "unusual" so "cruel" can't be far behind.
The criminal may have raped and killed toddlers and the execution may be entirely justified by state law, but decent humans can't help feeling a sense of atavistic fear about killing a person. Even those who are totally in favor of the death penalty for violent, horrific crimes, can be deeply affected, get nightmares, feel a residual sense of guilt.
A last meal and a clean needle are rituals that surround a gruesome task. These rituals allow both the executioner and society as a whole (in whose name the needle is stuck into the vein) to separate this kind of killing from that done by the criminal himself.
Taking away the last meal shows a hardening of the moral arteries which may lead to more discomfort with the process. My guess is that, after an execution without it, the last meal or a replacement for it will return.
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