Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cruel and unusual and made in Oklahoma

Tuesday night's horrifically botched execution of 38-year-old Clayton Locket caused the postponement of another execution scheduled for that evening and revitalized arguments that the death penalty by its very nature violates the constitutional prohibition of "cruel and unusual" punishment.

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At least, Governor Mary Fallin has called for a complete review of the state's death penalty procedures before Oklahoma executes anyone else. Fallin's goal is to find an acceptable method for delivering the death penalty, but as Holly Near would point out, that's a foolish notion.