Let's be honest. Whether or not the death penalty, as a whole, is constitutional was never at issue in this case. The question regarding necessary standards and uniformity in the method for executing inmates, however, was in full display.
The logical response to Clayton Lockett's bloody, pain-filled, unconstitutional execution in Oklahoma eight months ago would be to prevent such torture from happening again. But Oklahoma has another idea for its first execution since Lockett's.
While American justice has long been extraordinarily repressive and discriminatory, the events of 2014 arguably led more people to realize the magnitude of the problem.
Patton told the Board of Corrections last Thursday that prison staff have worked "very hard" in preparations of Warner and
While a majority of states have abandoned the death penalty altogether, either in law or in practice, the handful of states that continue to execute prisoners do so despite a number of troubling issues relating to its implementation.
Oklahoma's next execution is set for Jan. 15. Attorneys for the state say new execution protocols and staff training will
"We will be ready," Watkins said. The $71,000 reconstruction of the death chamber and adjacent witness rooms gives executioners
It is sad and wrong that in response to evidence that Lockett's lethal injection was cruel and unusual, Oklahoma literally cloaked its execution process in secrecy.
"It's just that I foresee a problem, and I'm trying to come up with a solution that will be the most humane yet most economical
The White House criticized the execution as being beyond humane standards. No execution has been held in the United States