Clayton Lockett began to convulse and mumble before he sat up on the gurney and said “something’s wrong” about 15 minutes after the execution at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary began, KJRH-TV reported.
An Associated Press reporter noted Lockett was “breathing heavily, writhing on the gurney, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.” Reports also indicate he uttered “oh, man.”
Prison officials closed the blinds minutes later .. http://www.nydailynews.com/new…
Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after the start of the execution.
For years I was on the fence when it came to the death penalty. Troy Davis changed that. I’m not sure why his case struck me so forcefully but it did. Then I started noticing the utter inequity that people were pointing out. In Oklahoma, for example, the black population is less than 8% but the percentage on death row is over 40%. But that’s because black people commit more violent crimes I’m sure. Yes, that is sarcasm.
Then we can take a look at the crimes for which people are sentenced to death. I guess there is some room for differing opinions but the death penalty, if there has to be one, should be reserved for the very worst crimes but I noticed, as I watched darned near every true crime series Netflix streams, that law enforcement officials more often than not claim that the crime deserves the death penalty. Of course, these shows often highlight terrible crimes but what crime isn’t. That’s why is a crime.
The one argument that didn’t hold much water with me against the death penalty was the “cruel and unusual” one. For a long time I thought it was okay if the executed suffered because his/her victim(s) had. But I’ve evolved on that as well although I cannot give a time or reason why. The description of Lockett’s execution sickens me as it should sicken anyone with an ounce of compassion (and there are some who last night showed what asses they can be). People do not have a right to do this to one another. Governments do not have a right to do this to its citizens.
Here’s a top ten list I’d rather not be on:
What makes the Lockett execution, and others, so much worse is that states are trying combinations of drugs that they have no idea will work. And maybe it is unfair to go after Oklahoma since Ohio had a very similar botched execution
The state will increase the amount of sedative and painkiller used in the two-drug injection, however, to “allay any remaining concerns”.
McGuire “did not experience pain, distress or air hunger after the drugs were administered or when the bodily movements and sounds occurred,” according to a Department of Rehabilitation and Correction review.
“His execution was conducted in a constitutional manner consistent with the policy.”
Witnesses said McGuire – who raped and killed a pregnant woman in 1989 – gasped for up to 26 minutes on 16 January before he died from the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone.
It is the longest execution since Ohio resumed the practice in 1999.
The state was forced to change its lethal injection to a new two-drug cocktail after the Danish maker of the previous execution drug refused to allow its use in capital punishment.
States are scrambling because overseas drug companies refuse to provide their products to be used in executions. So states are trying combinations that have not been tried before thus making these executions test sites.
And not of this yet mentions the number of people on death row who might actually be innocent.
Science and law have led to the exoneration of hundreds of criminal defendants in recent decades, but big questions remain: How many other innocent defendants are locked up? How many are wrongly executed?
About one in 25 people imprisoned under a death sentence is likely innocent, according to a new statistical study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And that means it is all but certain that at least several of the 1,320 defendants executed since 1977 were innocent, the study says.
The article goes on:
The study concluded that the number of innocent defendants who have been put to death is “comparatively low. … Our data and the experience of practitioners in the field both indicate that the criminal justice system goes to far greater lengths to avoid executing innocent defendants than to prevent them from remaining in prison indefinitely.”
I, for one, do not find “comparatively low” all that comforting.