Thursday, May 01, 2014

Oklahoma Can't Do The Needle Right!

Condemned man's fate becomes the subject of the how the death penalty is handled in United States.

Governor Mary Fallin is a stupid leader. She would reject federal assistance when a tornado hits her state and yes she wouldn't want President Barack Obama's advice on how to do a death sentence right!

Of course this latest blunder in the gas house will spark debate over the Eighth Amendment. Was this event an example of cruel and unusual punishment?

People would say that the killer regardless of what blunder got justice. But the family of the condemned would file a grievance with the U.S. Federal Courts saying that the inmate didn't have proper procedures when handed his sentence.

Clayton Lockett was sentenced to death after he was convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping.

His fate at the death house was botched up. The state couldn't get the juice because the European Union banned the stuff. The United States now has to use stuff that puts dogs down.

The stuff that relaxes the muscles (which causes them not to move). The stuff that stops breathing. The stuff that stops the heart. It could be taken by oral or injection. It's a lethal combination.

Something went wrong. Lockett suffered a heart attack after a botched execution by lethal injection in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.

Governor Mary Fallin is embarrassed by the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.
Lockett was administered whatever goes (an untested mixture of drugs). I guess that it wasn't previously been used for executions in the U.S., and died 43 minutes after being sedated.

Lockett writhed, groaned, convulsed and spoke during the process, and attempted to rise from the execution table 14 minutes into the procedure, despite having been declared unconscious.

From Wikipedia, I've discovered that people were actually crying and almost feeling sorry for the man.

Lockett's execution occurred at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, on April 29, 2014. After administration of the first drug at 6:23 p.m. CDT, Lockett was declared unconscious at 6:33 p.m, and the execution was halted after about 20 minutes.

He was declared dead at 7:06 p.m. due to a heart attack.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton said one of the doctors present stopped the execution after Lockett had a "vein failure".

According to the Department of Corrections, the time for an inmate to be pronounced dead was 6 to 12 minutes in the previous 19 executions before Lockett's.

Lockett was able to raise his head, and said: "Man," "I'm not" and "something's wrong".  Lockett began writhing at 6:36 p.m., and was observed twitching and convulsing. He attempted to rise from the table at 6:37 p.m., after being declared unconscious, and loudly exhaled.

All three drugs had been administered to Lockett, but it was unclear how much he had received; Patton said "the chemicals did not enter into the offender."

Prison officials had reportedly discussed taking Lockett to a hospital before he died.

This botched up execution caused a 14-day stay of execution was granted for Charles Frederick Warner, an Oklahoma convict who had been scheduled for execution two hours after Lockett with the same combination of drugs. The governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, also requested an independent review of the execution process involved in Lockett's death.

The White House said the execution "fell short of humane standards".

Governor Fallin said "the state of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett" amid widespread media coverage that portrayed the execution as botched, The Telegraph calling it "barbarism" and "inappropriate in a civilized society," also noting that "the idea of actually spectating while the victim is killed surely clashes with basic humanity."
Stephanie Neiman was killed by Clayton Lockett and his friends after he robbed her friends home. He tortured, beat, rape and kidnapped this young woman and buried her alive. He shot her twice in the body.
Lawyers representing the next set of prisoners scheduled to be executed called for a moratorium on all judicial killings. Madeline Cohen, an attorney for Warner, condemned the way Lockett was executed noting that "Clayton Lockett was tortured to death," also denouncing the state's refusal to disclose 'basic information' about the drugs for the lethal injection procedures.

In 1999, Clayton Lockett kidnapped, beat, gang raped and then shot 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman and ordered accomplices to bury her alive, and raped a friend of Neiman.

He was convicted of murder, rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, assault and battery, and burglary in 2000, and sentenced to death.

We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to the family of Stephanie Neiman.

This event may have opened the door to how states administer the death sentence.

What's your reaction to this event?

Was this a fair way of treatment?

Was there a lapse of judgement in how they've handled Lockett's condemnation?

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