Is Oklahoma next to abolish the use of lethal injection? In recent events, during an execution Oklahoma officials are being questioned about their ability to be humane in the death sentence. Events that led to this are questionable, was it an honest mistake, or is Oklahoma law enforcement attempting to make their own rules?
Convicted felon Clayton Lockett was sentenced to death, on April 29 2014. Lockett was found guilty of murder in the first degree in 1999, but continued to claim innocence through the years. After the realization that he would be executed, Lockett spent his time trying to gain more knowledge about and what drugs would be used to execute him. He filed a lawsuit to obtain information from the court but, his appeal was denied on a 4-1 vote. Originally locket was scheduled to be executed on March 20 2014, but in his refusal to attend his clemency hearing, it was postponed.
On lockets execution date, things went as planned according to the medical examiner. However, once unconscious and the lethal drugs were administered to Lockett, events took a turn for the worse. Lockett did not die due to the drugs that were supposed to execute him, he died of a heart attack sometime after being injected. Events leading to lockets death are now in question, as well as the question of the continued practice of lethal injection In Oklahoma
According to the medical examiner stated that the convicted had a “Botched Vein”. Lockets attorney argues with this saying his client “was in great shape” and that there is no way his vein was faulty Another controversy being the state’s ability to meet the U.S. Constitution’s requirement over execution being; neither cruel nor unusual punishment will be implemented on an individual. Oklahoma’s Governor Marry Fallin, has placed several executions on hold. Governor Fallin has also placed several corrections facilities under investigation demanding testing and information of the drugs that will be administer to death row inmates. These course of events bring much controversy amongst the public, as well as government officials. Due to this incented the one question that stands out is,” Will Oklahoma discontinue the use of lethal injection”?
This entire situation is tragic but, one must consider that the crimes Lockett committed had to be immensely criminal for him to be sentenced to death in the first place. I am appalled by the dispute of Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections techniques not meeting the guidelines of what‘s stated in the constitution. I’m not questioning the state’s viewpoint. I am questioning their logic, as well as the logic of others, who believe that what happened should cause Oklahoma to abolish lethal injection. It appears the American public is placing more emphasis on the amount of suffering Lockett had to endure versus the suffering he inflicted upon his victim. During the time of the young woman’s death, there were no overly exclusive ways of communication, and expression of one’s opinion. Now everyone is saying that lethal injection is too inhumane and should be terminated. But, was it? The consideration to discontinue the practice is ludicrous, in my opinion. I continuously see people defend this monster, and forget the life taken from this young woman. Oklahoma should never consider the discontinued use of lethal injection, however, an investigation should be conducted to insure the administered drugs have the intended effect, immediately upon injection. Criminals on death row, who have committed an offense that requires the Capital punishment, should not remain able to see the world, breathe the air we breathe, wake up day to day, and continue to live, is just wrong. I believe justice was served, you get what you give.