Thursday, May 01, 2014

When the Death Penalty Turns Into Torture

Tuesday night, the state of Oklahoma accidentally killed a man in the middle of trying to execute him. Clayton Lockett, 38, died of a heart attack about 40 minutes after the first drug in the state’s new, top-secret, three-drug lethal injection protocol was administered. According to press reports, after the first drug in the previously untried cocktail was administered, Lockett was briefly unconscious, then began “writhing and bucking” on the gurney. At that point, prison officials pulled a...

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