repeats it firmly again today in editorial, after the latest death by "torture." Note: I've written two books on the full debate and history, including this recent ebook, Dead Reckoning.
Sen. Tom Coburn says his state's botched execution doesn't change his mind on favoring the death penalty: "It's an unfortunate thing, but any time you're doing something with a body, things can go wrong."
UPDATE #3 NYT closes story on Euorpeans outraged by U.S. executions with this: "A Twitter message by someone who pretends to be God somehow caught the European mood. From @TheTweetOfGod: 'How could Oklahoma botch an execution? If there’s one thing I would
expect Americans to know how to do by now, it’s kill somebody.'”
UPDATE #2: Petition drive calls on pharmacists to stop making drugs for lethal injections or otherwise participating in executions.
UPDATE #1: Former corrections officials call for independent probe.
Earlier: You hate to see this happen but perhaps this one last night will help end the death penalty in the USA. See email appeal (below) I just got from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. President Obama, of course, backs capital punishment but White House today said the latest fell short of being "humane"--as if any state murder is humane.
Yesterday we informed you of two executions taking place last night in
Oklahoma. Today I write you in disbelief. Clayton Lockett died after
the State of Oklahoma botched his execution. He called out “man,” and
writhed and twitched in wrenching agony 20 minutes after the procedure
It was too late. Unfortunately when Mr. Lockett cried out, nobody heard
his heartfelt plea, and he passed away in this botched execution. Will you join me in making a contribution today to help us prevent such cruelty from ever happening again?
Timing is of the essence, as the scheduled execution of Charles Warner was delayed only 2 weeks.
While the Governor and Department of Corrections investigates the
botched execution, we need to put pressure on the legislature that the
death penalty has flaws, is barbaric, and has no place in our country. Make
a financial contribution today, as we don’t have much time. Mr.
Warner’s life is at stake. Please answer his pleas for help now, before
it’s too late.
We cannot be silent!
The government of Oklahoma has hidden what drugs they use. They have
threatened to impeach 5 state Supreme Court justices who wanted to delay
last night’s scheduled double execution. Your support today will
help NCADP and our affiliate in Oklahoma defeat a bill that would
impeach the 5 justices who have exposed the flaws in administering
Thursday, May 1, 2014
You're Not Doing Fine, Oklahoma: Botched Execution
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch