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White House: Oklahoma execution not done humanely

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 30, 2014 at 8:29 a.m. Updated April 30, 2014 at 1:04 p.m.

This June 29, 2011, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of Lockett on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after the delivery of a new three-drug combination failed to go as planned.

What is your opinion of capital punishment in light of the botched execution Tuesday in Oklahoma?

  • I've always been in favor of capital punishment and remain that way. 46% 59 votes
  • The death penalty is wrong, and this fits the definition of "cruel and unusual punishment." 25% 32 votes
  • States should revive older forms of capital punishment, such as the electric chair or firing squad. 18% 23 votes
  • States should find alternate drug options for more humane executions. 7% 9 votes
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WASHINGTON — The White House says a botched execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma fell short of the humane standards required when the death penalty is carried out.

Officials halted Clayton Lockett's execution Tuesday when he convulsed violently and tried to lift his head after a doctor declared him unconscious. He later died of an apparent heart attack.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama believes evidence shows the death penalty doesn't effectively deter crime. But he says Obama believes some crimes are so heinous that the death penalty is merited. He says the crimes in Lockett's case are indisputably heinous.

But Carney says the U.S. has a fundamental standard that the death penalty must be carried out humanely. He says everyone would recognize that this case fell short.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on this story.

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Murphy01 says... April 30, 2014 at 9:13 a.m.

"It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched," said Lockett's attorney, David Autry. Yeah, I bet him shooting a lady with a sawed off shot gun was a horrible thing to witness as well. Hope he enjoyed the pain.

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JessePinkman says... April 30, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.

Karma is a beeyotche

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AmericasDoomed says... April 30, 2014 at 10:57 a.m.

Who cares. He's dead either way. If the liberals are concerned he's not dying fast enough, then strap him to a train track.

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Zorr10 says... April 30, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.

And we're supposed to feel sorry for his pain and suffering? I say good riddance to the scumbag murder'er, and wish that he had suffered even more.

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GCW says... April 30, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

Duh, White House, we all know that. It was bad. Do you not have your own issues like jobs, potential war, etc. instead of pointing your finger at everybody else?

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Populist says... April 30, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.

It is not clear whether this was just Carney responding to press questions or whether the White House issued a statement. I don't think any tears are being shed over this guy.

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Pobucker says... April 30, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.

Maybe invite the Lawyers and victim's family over to the WH for a beer?
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You know how the Navy designates classes of ships based on the name of the first ship of the class? For the first time in American history, we now have a Obama-class president. Not a statesman, not a governor, it's a ... Community Organizer!!!!
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This is none of the President's business, this is PURELY state's business, but this nosey nanny wants to boss everybody about everything.

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 30, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.

But, what IF this guy had been innocent?

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JessePinkman says... April 30, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.

Bill-he would be an innocent dead guy; that would suck for him but life ain't fair is it?

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Pobucker says... April 30, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.

As a good Christian, you know that God would sort it out.
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That is a good rule of thumb for the religious. When in doubt, kill them all and let God sort it out.

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