OK Execution Takes Forty Minutes
A death row inmate spent forty minutes writhing in agony before dying of a heart attack following a new cocktail of drugs administered in a lethal injection on Tuesday night. Oklahoma prison officials halted Clayton Lockett's execution after the experimental drug left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney. The 38-year-old, who was found guilty of shooting a woman and watching his friends bury her alive, was declared unconscious ten minutes after the first of the state's new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered. Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow. It later emerged his vein had ruptured.This animal twice shot a young woman and then buried her alive. How long did it take for her to die? According to the other victims, the entire ordeal took hours. So, cry me a river. Even after forty minutes of "writhing in agony," Lockett got off too easy.
Posted by: MtTB at April 30, 2014 10:24 AM
Somehow or other, that "burying alive" bit fails to make most of the almost sympathetic news coverage.
As does the duplicity of those who campaigned so relentlessly to end gas chambers and electric chairs in favor of (somewhat) lethal injections only to then pressure the drug manufacturers into withholding the drugs from the various governments in the hope of monkey-wrenching that process to death also.
Posted by: 11B40 at April 30, 2014 10:33 AM
People who sacrifice other people for something as trivial as a "larger issue" do great evil in this world.
Posted by: Valerie at April 30, 2014 10:38 AM
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Posted by: grego at April 30, 2014 11:27 AM
"Botched execution kills death row inmate"
...as if he would have survived otherwise.
"VA System kills 40 vets" - Media response: "Meh..."
"Death Row Inmate Dies" - Media response: "OUTRAGE!!!"
Posted by: Tyler at April 30, 2014 11:34 AM
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Posted by: Thor's Hammer at April 30, 2014 12:09 PM
Outraged progressive heads exploding.
Posted by: Kafiroon at April 30, 2014 12:21 PM
Give the perp an easily administered lethal subcutaneous morphine dose, and then hang him five minutes later.
End of problem.
Posted by: Kristophr at April 30, 2014 01:27 PM
The best punishment is to make them unconscious, skin them alive, them let then pain wake them up.
Yes, I AM brutal, but he deserves no less!
Posted by: Phil at April 30, 2014 01:28 PM
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Posted by: Kafiroon at April 30, 2014 03:22 PM
Jeepers, Alabama, go down to any local veterinarian and get thirty CCs of Somalethe. That'll shut down an elephant and it's Right There in town.
Or inject him with lead. Semi-jacketed lead. Put an ad in the gorram newspaper for someone willing to shoot the bastard for a fee of $40.
Also, there's this thing they do with a rope. I charge $40 for that, too.
Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at April 30, 2014 03:37 PM
Posted by: Frustrated Teacher at April 30, 2014 03:38 PM
They don't even get life sentences here. Our very worst criminals might get 25 years, maybe, minus time served and of course they inevitably get out after only serving half that time because they were ever so good in prison.
Posted by: STV at April 30, 2014 04:21 PM
He's dead, ergo, he had a longer that expected execution, or, a poorly executed execution...
Posted by: Don at April 30, 2014 06:05 PM
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Posted by: Bobby at April 30, 2014 08:45 PM
I think death row inmates should be given a list of execution methods to choose from.
@10: Why couldn't they execute by morphine overdose? Painless by definition, isn't it?
Posted by: Jedi Master Ivyan at April 30, 2014 10:49 PM
As for humane ways to deal with rapists who bury their victims alive... What Would Hammurabi Do?
Posted by: boulder t'hobo at May 01, 2014 12:03 AM
States had various cocktails that worked reliably then the anti-capital punishment crowd browbeat the drug manufacturers into NOT selling their product to the states. Then the states had to make new cocktails (that aren't as effective) with the occasional bad results and these "botched" execution are EXACTLY the bad press that the antis want to generate sympathy. The states should just go back to a firing squads or hangings. (although I'd be OK with a wood chipper)
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