Oklahoma Observer: Oklahoma's Execution De-Botch-Ery

The execution of Clayton Lockett Tuesday night has reaped calls for an independent investigation of Oklahoma execution protocols. The White House has issued a statement saying the execution “fell short of humane standards.” ...

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, called for a moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma, if not an outright end to the practice.

“How we treat criminals says a lot about us as a society,” Coakley said. “We certainly need to administer justice with due consideration for the victims of crime, but we must find a way of doing so that does not contribute to the culture of death, which threatens to completely erode our sense of the innate dignity of the human person and of the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.”

 

“The execution of Clayton Lockett really highlights the brutality of the death penalty, and I hope it leads us to consider whether we should adopt a moratorium on the death penalty or even abolish it altogether,” he concluded.

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