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What It Was Like Watching the Botched Oklahoma Execution (TEXT and VIDEO)


Society & Culture  (tags: Oklahoma, death penalty, witnesses, media, news, sadness, society, crime, ethics, government, rights )

Carrie
- 1847 days ago - washingtonpost.com
The death penalty is favored by a majority of Americans, a number that has dropped significantly. But the actual act of executing people occurs far away from the population and the public eye, in small rooms and guarded facilities and witnessed by few.



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 4:48 am
As an anti death penalty activist, I am outraged by this. As soon as I heard about it, I thought of Angel Diaz- another 'botched execution'. I have said it so many times and I will say it again- killing to say killing is wrong MAKES NO SENSE. Two wrongs do not make a right. Killing the murderer doesn't bring the victim/s back. And let's not forget how many innocent people have been executed. They're dead now- there's no bringing them back- and they died in vain. America, and all countries who continue this barbaric practice- wake up!!! It is NOT a deterrent and it costs MORE than keeping offenders in jail for life. Oh, and for what it's worth- the NAZIS invented lethal injection. Something to ponder perhaps. Thanks Carrie.
 

Lona G (66)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:37 am
America sure knows how to make the best case against its own death penalty. I hope this man has not suffered this torturing death for nothing (exactly the thing he feared would happen and fought in the courts, not the execution itself). His visibly agonising death has woken up people again by reminding them a person is put to death and not to sleep. It reminds them it is government-sanctioned murder, not euthanasia.
 

Gene J (287)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:21 am
"In 2013, support had fallen to 55 percent while opposition had risen to 37 percent. (If you donít feel like doing math: The gap between supporters and opponents shrunk by 42 percentage points, a pretty huge swing.)"

Yes, that is a pretty big swing. I've always been on the opposed side as I don't believe we have the moral right to take lives in the name of the state and object to the state doing so in my name. In my view, this act lowers us all to the level of the criminal being executed. I think life without parole (for one thing, it has been proven less costly than execution) a fitting sentence, perhaps a worse one even. I also think those who favor it should go see them, see what their blood lust does to another human being, even one who has committed heinous crimes. See what they, themselves, are, have become. I think it lessens our humanity in every way, certainly it is a stain on our soul. And, I think I'd be keeping an eye on that paint salesman who has attended 15 executions, it makes one wonder just what else he might be do in his spare time.
 

. (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:57 pm
arigato
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:45 am
Tired of the endless obscenity of politicians lying..cheating, maligning..dog shit smells better than politicians in any country..Legalists..once called lawyers, now called more dog shit around here.:)

Exceptions noted and winked at :)
 

Hartson D (39)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 7:27 pm
I don't get it. How hard can this be? Inject air into the blood stream. The heart stops. Shoot them up with the bad drugs that the police are taking off the streets. The heart stops. A 22 long will do the job. But, then why was he getting the death penalty? Maybe, it was right for him to suffer before being given back to God.
 

Azaima A (207)
Monday May 5, 2014, 6:05 am
sickening
 

Jamie C (282)
Monday May 5, 2014, 11:12 am
Lockett's victim had a name Stephanie Neiman was 19. She had just graduated only 2 weeks earlier. She had to watch her best friend get gang rapped at gunpoint. She was bound and kidnapped then she was shot and burried alive. Lockett was given a lot better treatment than his victim.
 

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 6:45 pm
Just read Jamie Clemons comment and tears started flowing. I have never approved of capital punishment, thinking that life in jail with no parole would be better. When I read a story like that of Stephanie only 19, I would have to say some murders don't deserve to have life.
Thanks Carrie.
 
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