In the Jan. 17 Politics & the Nation Digest item “Lawyer criticizes execution method ,” lawyer Allen Bohnert complained that his client, Dennis McGuire, experienced “agony and terror” during the 20 minutes it took him to die after the state of Ohio gave him a combination of lethal drugs not previously used in the United States. All I could think of was the agony and terror of the pregnant newlywed whom Mr. McGuire raped and murdered and the agony of her husband and family, which will last much longer than 20 minutes. I say the punishment fit the crime.

Theresa Sanders, North Potomac