Oklahoma death-row inmate dies of heart attack after botched execution

posted at 11:21 am on April 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

“This could be a real turning point in the whole debate as people get disgusted by this sort of thing,” said one death-penalty opponent afterward. Could it? See for yourself what this degenerate did to earn himself a spot on the gurney and decide how disgusted you are. He raped the victim, shot her, and then had his cohorts bury her alive while she was bleeding out — and of the two men Oklahoma was set to execute last night, he’s arguably the lesser offender of the two. The other guy raped and killed … an infant. His execution’s now been stayed while Oklahoma figures out what went wrong with the drug cocktail they administered to the first inmate.

If you weren’t on social media while this was first being reported, you missed a tour de force of bien-pensant moral lecturing from some death-penalty opponents, replete with infographics comparing Iran’s hanging of political prisoners and gays with the U.S.’s increasingly rare lethal injections of monsters like Lockett.

After the failure of a 20-minute attempt to execute him, Clayton Lockett was left to die of a heart attack in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma state penitentiary in McAlester. A lawyer said Lockett had effectively been “tortured to death”.

For three minutes after the first drugs were delivered Lockett struggled violently, groaned and writhed, lifting his shoulders and head from the gurney.

Some 16 minutes after the execution began, and without Lockett being declared dead, the blinds separating the chamber from the viewing room were closed. The process was called off shortly afterwards. Lockett died 43 minutes after the first executions drugs were adminsitered.

Why’d they botch it so badly? Lockett and Warner, the other inmate who was set to die last night, sued the state beforehand claiming that the new drug cocktail that Oklahoma was planning to use was untested. The reason the state was using a new drug cocktail in the first place is because some drug manufacturers, especially ones based in Europe, have lately refused to sell traditional lethal-injection ingredients to U.S. prisons. Pentobarbital, the most commonly used drug in executions, has been banned for sale for that purpose by its Dutch maker; Propofol, another effective drug that’s widely used in anesthesia, was similarly restricted by the EU for execution purposes. Essentially, opponents are trying to force a change in U.S. policy on capital punishment by choking off the supply of what’s needed to conduct the most humane method. Oklahoma, rather than give in to that, decided to go ahead with a new drug mix whose application may well have been negligent. Result: It took Lockett 43 minutes to die when, previously, it took an average of just six minutes for other Oklahoma death-row inmates.

Which brings us full circle to the quote at the beginning. This may, in fact, be a turning point insofar as the short supply of execution drugs combined with declining support for the death penalty among Americans might raise the political cost of executions to prohibitive levels. If U.S. drug manufacturers are unwilling or unable (under patent law) to supply prisons with more effective lethal drugs, then public debate will shift to deciding whether states should try a different method of execution altogether or, after decades of “evolving” from hanging to the electric chair to the gas chamber to lethal injection, they should just give up on capital punishment once and for all. (Sorry, Sonny, but the guillotine’s not coming back.) I doubt they’ll ever get rid of it altogether — too many people will read today about what Lockett did to his victim and conclude that he got a much better end than she did, botched or not — but this is a fertile moment opinion-wise for capital punishment opponents to try to scale the practice back.


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Should have buried him alive, like he did his victim.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

The stupid blonde on Faux, one of so many, didn’t even care when she was reminded what he did, and continued with “this is such a concern…injections…bla, bla, bla…”, no focus on his victim and her family. Go to Hades too, idiots on Faux.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

He died. That was the point.

If they want a clean execution, a bullet is still cheaper.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Simple. Just declare them Obamacare patients that have no more recourse to the state’s coffers, so they can be released into a crowd of the victim’s family members while the guards all take a coffee break, or they can just hand him the red pill.

Seriously, shouldn’t be hard. Just give him a completely lethal dose of cocaine from the state’s stash from seizures. Shoot him up with 3 kilos of the stuff.

Vanceone on April 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Even you are using the word botched, AP? Do you know what the word means?

The execution wasn’t botched, it was sloppy. It would have been botched if it failed to execute this scum.

NotCoach on April 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

How is this a botched execution?

bossmanham on April 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

For the leftist racists, I don’t care if he were white, purple or pink.

Think of the 19 years old, whom he ordered buried, alive.

Think of her family.

Think of a society which has to suffer such, in this time.

He was an animal.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Let me see if I can muster up some sympathy…
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Nope, none at all

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Should have buried him alive, like he did his victim.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Letting the punishment fit the crime might be the best deterrent of all.

Bitter Clinger on April 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Success.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

too many people will read today about what Lockett did to his victim and conclude that he got a much better end than she did, botched or not

She was innocent.

the_nile on April 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

He got off easy.
I’m getting sick of this pity party for ruthless bloodthirsty criminals.
I still say they should die the same way their victim(s) died.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Another job created or saved.

rogerb on April 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I suggest a small does of lead delivered at high velocity. Or we did finally figure out height/weight ratios with hanging.

And yes, second look at the guillotine.

It’s interesting, the more we try to make things more “humane” the worse the outcome.

rbj on April 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The choomed one, not you livelikeaslave (there’s one who’s more gone than you are), will weigh in, shortly.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Execute them the way they killed their victims, if there were multiple victims or multiple methods then throw the choices in a hat and choose.

This pig watched as a girl was buried alive, there are few slow deaths which give me the creeps more than that, awful way to go.

His buddy raped and killed an infant. An INFANT. I think I’ll go have a stiff drink, it’s 5:00 somewhere in the world.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Simple. Just declare them Obamacare patients that have no more recourse to the state’s coffers, so they can be released into a crowd of the victim’s family members while the guards all take a coffee break, or they can just hand him the red pill.

Seriously, shouldn’t be hard. Just give him a completely lethal dose of cocaine from the state’s stash from seizures. Shoot him up with 3 kilos of the stuff.

Vanceone on April 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The Nazis cyanide capsules were awfully effective. I vote we go that route.

Bitter Clinger on April 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

His victim was tortured more.

rjoco1 on April 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

too many people will read today about what Lockett did to his victim and conclude that he got a much better end than she did, botched or not

Indeed.

He botched her end, unmercifully in the most cruel of ways.

Karma got him back.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

But the makers of these drugs would be happy for them to be used in planned suicides. I suggest to you that these gentlemen, on commission of their crimes, requested suicide.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Whoever screwed up the drug cocktail deserves a medal.

Adios scumbag.

fogw on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

But the makers of these drugs would be happy for them to be used in planned suicides. I suggest to you that these gentlemen, on commission of their crimes, requested suicide.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The makers now refuse to make said drug “because it was meant to prolong life”. You can’t make these fictions up…they are reality.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

If U.S. drug manufacturers are unwilling or unable (under patent law) to supply prisons with more effective lethal drugs, then public debate will shift to deciding whether states should try a different method of execution altogether or, after decades of “evolving” from hanging to the electric chair to the gas chamber to lethal injection, they should just give up on capital punishment once and for all.

Ummm….Recycle Plastic Bags and tie them around their heads?

Y’know for the environment.

workingclass artist on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

He raped the victim, shot her, and then had his cohorts bury her alive while she was bleeding out

Yeah, my heart weeps for this piece of crap. Sorry, but anyone who tries to argue against the death penalty needs this thrown back in their face. Now if you want to make a case for a different method, fine. But other than the gas chamber, I don’t know what other “humane” option there is. Old Sparky has already been deemed by too many people as cruel. And I can’t imagine hangings will be considered a better alternative. Those can go wrong far more often if the neck doesn’t snap.

Doughboy on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hey Anti-Death Penalty folks, have I got a deal for you. I will trade you evenly, no abortion, no death penalty.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

But the makers of these drugs would be happy for them to be used in planned suicides. I suggest to you that these gentlemen, on commission of their crimes, requested suicide.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

+1

Bitter Clinger on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Why don’t they just inject cyanide?

Steven Den Beste on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

He died. That was the point.

If they want a clean execution, a bullet is still cheaper.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

…I know!…WHAT was wrong about a firing squad again?

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Can’t wait for the HA-Jeantel and HA-obama-phone-lady to chime in.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

If they were using the concoction to abort a fetus the same folks would be fighting for the right to continue using it. Big difference being this guy was convicted and sentenced by a jury of his peers for his evil acts.

airupthere on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Hmmm… don’t care. He’s dead, right?

Fallon on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I think I’ll go have a stiff drink, it’s 5:00 somewhere in the world.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I think I’ll wait until sunset on Titan….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

…he should have been “water boarded” to death!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Hey Anti-Death Penalty folks, have I got a deal for you. I will trade you evenly, no abortion, no death penalty.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

It’s amazing the hyprocrisy of the Left on this very idea.

Bitter Clinger on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Bring back hanging. When done properly, it’s quick. And all you need is rope.

brak on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Which brings us full circle to the quote at the beginning. This may, in fact, be a turning point insofar as the short supply of execution drugs combined with declining support for the death penalty among Americans might raise the political cost of executions to prohibitive levels.

Stop with your dishonest anti capital punishment bullshite, AP. There is no declining support. Just a few dishonestly designed polls to make it look like support has slightly dropped. There is no shortage of drugs. The state can use compounding pharmacies. It’s been challenged in the USSC and the thug lovers have lost. The problem was that people who oppose capital punishment, you know — your crowd, were threatening the businesses and their employees and their families. This is SOP with people who oppose the death penalty. I never see you complain about that.

They blew an IV. That’s all. Texas, Missouri, Florida, and Ohio have had no problems with executions. They use one drug and if an IV blows it will cause no discomfort for your precious rapist/murderers.

Blake on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Leftist bastards and thuja, euthanasia, including for children and youth who can’t decide, is ok, at least starting in Europe (but if greenies have a say, all over the world), but this gives you a headache, bah!

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Anyone know, did they try to revive him when he had his massive heart attack?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

As I have mentioned before here on Hot Air I oppose capital punishment not because it is unjust per se, but because the legal system cannot provide sufficient certainty to found the taking of a life.

That said, on the humaneness issue, I am not quite sure why, if you have to kill a convict, hanging has been abandoned. It was always considered a fast, effective and effectively merciful means of execution. Take the doctors out and leave it to the rope, if you must do it.

Blaise on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

.45 caliber is a lot cheaper and more effective…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Sometimes it becomes crysral clear that the real problem around here and similar forums is that you guys really aren’t very smart.

everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Q:Did he Die?
A: Yes.

End of discussion.

portlandon on April 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

.45 caliber is a lot cheaper and more effective…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

+1000

gwelf on April 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Clayton Lockett raped the victim, shot her, and then had his cohorts bury her alive while she was bleeding out.

He “suffered” for three minutes after the first drugs were delivered Lockett struggled violently, groaned and writhed, lifting his shoulders and head from the gurney. Lockett died 43 minutes after the first executions drugs were adminstered.

Not counting Lockett’s time burning in hell, I’m guessing he suffered far less and for far shorter a time than his victim. I don’t see this as a botched execution at all- though I am a proponent of administering lead to the skull instead of a cocktail that lets the criminal drift off to sleep.

And for you pajama boys who are against capital punishment. Isn’t a crime like Lockett’s the reason why execution should at least be an option? How is putting him in prison for the rest of his life a just sentence for a guy who buries his victim alive after raping and shooting her?

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Botched means it didn’t happen, and it did…he was killed for his heinous crimes.

Now a “botched” abortion means the child lives…

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I don’t get why it’s so hard to make these executions painless, if that’s the goal. Why can’t they use the same general anesthetic they’d give someone in a hospital before surgery to knock them out, then follow up with the lethal injection? I never hear of general anesthetics in hospitals preventing open heart surgery patients from blissfully falling asleep before the operation.

In the end, the execution may not have gone as smoothly as planned but it was hardly botched. They set out to execute a gruesome murderer and they succeeded.

Texas Zombie on April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

As I have mentioned before here on Hot Air I oppose capital punishment not because it is unjust per se, but because the legal system cannot provide sufficient certainty to found the taking of a life.

That said, on the humaneness issue, I am not quite sure why, if you have to kill a convict, hanging has been abandoned. It was always considered a fast, effective and effectively merciful means of execution. Take the doctors out and leave it to the rope, if you must do it.

Blaise on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

You know a bullet is just as effective. And even cheaper than a rope.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Bring back hanging. When done properly, it’s quick. And all you need is rope.

brak on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

…and it’s Green, no pollution, recycle the rope, no electric used, the Left should be all over this…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Anyone know, did they try to revive him when he had his massive heart attack?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

That is an excellent, excellent question. It raises such clear ethical issues…should efforts have been made to revive him? If the medical staff failed to try to revive him did they commit an ethical (at the minimum breach? Those people were in a terrible position.

Blaise on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The response I have seen on the internet is: Good. Glad he suffered.

Blake on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Karma got him back.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hate to disagree – but karma let him off too easy.
Karma should have had him gang raped by a bunch of prisoners, then shot, then buried alive in the exercise yard.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Bring back the public gallows for this sort of scum, and I don’t care what their skin color is. If it’s racist to say so, I’ll be one proud racist.

Rix on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

So a murderous bastard actually, finally suffered before he then kicked the bucket?

Good!

Stoic Patriot on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Go back to the firing squad, faster and much cheaper.

namvet6869 on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

That’s tough. He deserved it. His victim didn’t.

theaddora on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Bring back the guillotine. Just to be sure.

It was designed for just that purpose: Foolproof painless execution.

fadetogray on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

I doubt this will move the needle much in Oklahoma. I would not be shocked if a large percentage of Oklahomans are totally unmoved by this at all considering what a monster this guy was.

Texas Zombie on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Here’s my serious solution.

Death by Drone Firing Squad.

Seriously. We were told firing squads were wrong because of the impact on the shooters. Let’s just go Terminator.

budfox on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Che Guevara liked firing squads

J_Crater on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

He was Black? RACISM…

sandee on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The pain he suffered in those final minutes will be nothing compared to what he will endure in Hell.

Eternal Damnation.

portlandon on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

I am sort of reminded from that botched execution in The Green Mile, where Tom Hanks points out it was successful given the condemned prison did end up being executed.

Evi L. Bloggerlady on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

If the GOP had a lick of sense they would make every Democrat support this guy.

faraway on April 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Anyone know, did they try to revive him when he had his massive heart attack?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Of course not, when the procedure was botched they just wheeled him into a closet and let him die. Or at least that’s what I hope happens when you botch prolong an execution.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Death penalty – Well the Fed’s can’t do anything about that in the states. They could try to pass a law – but Southern Republicans won’t support it.

Down South – we don’t like lethal injection anyway – we’d much prefer the electric chair where douchebaggs can potentially catch fire. We don’t suffer from sympathy for the murderer the way they do in a lot of Northern States. Sounds to me like this new drug worked pretty good … guy’s dead right?

Whatever, I don’t really care if they eliminate the death penalty. If someone kills a member of my family – I’m fine with locking a guy up for 20 years or so – so he can be repeatedly raped by his fellow inmates … I’m happy to shoot him myself the day he’s released. Justice comes one way or another. The state can do it – or the individuals can do it.

We damn sure won’t be using a “lethal injection” if we have to effect justice on our own though … just sayin’

HondaV65 on April 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

So the subject expired… Result, succesful execution… NEXT

Kuffar on April 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I wish they had done it according to plan, but I have no sympathy for this rapist and murderer.

I don’t understand the problem. Surely the condemned can be rendered totally unconscious and beyond pain by commonly available drugs. After that there are innumerable ways to terminate existence, no?

novaculus on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

…and it’s Green, no pollution, recycle the rope, no electric used, the Left should be all over this…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

You never “re-used” brass. Bad.. Bad.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

…and it’s Green, no pollution, recycle the rope, no electric used, the Left should be all over this…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

AND – the rope can be made from hemp – a plus for the legal MJ industry.
Win-win!!

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I don’t know why people are so up in arms about this. A heart attack is a far less painful death than I would have given him. But you can bet that his family will probably sue the snot out of Oklahoma.

And what’s worse? What’s worse is that it delayed the other execution that should have happened two hours later…

…of a man who RAPED AND MURDERED and ELEVEN MONTH OLD GIRL. His girlfriend’s daughter.

If you ask me, this guy should have gone first. But then, I’m only a resident of the state.

jedijson on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

As an individual who generally opposes the death penalty, I cannot honestly say I am bothered by this execution. As an opponent of abortion I say that the only time an abortion should be permitted, is when the life of the mother is genuinely threatened. Likewise with the death penalty, only when the individual to be executed has committed willful and premeditated murder, and their is absolutely no question of their guilt.

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

For large animals, the volumes of barbiturates required are considered by some to be impractical, although this is standard practice in the United States.[4] For horses and cattle, other drugs may be available. Some specially formulated combination products are available, such as Somulose (Secobarbital/Cinchocaine) and Tributame (Embutramide/Chloroquine/Lidocaine), which cause deep unconsciousness and cardiac arrest independently with a lower volume of injection, thus making the process faster, safer, and more effective.

Occasionally, a horse injected with these mixtures may display apparent seizure activity before death. This may be due to premature cardiac arrest. However, if normal precautions (e.g., sedation with detomidine) are taken, this is rarely a problem.[5] Anecdotal reports that long term use of phenylbutazone increase the risk of this reaction are unverified.

After the animal has expired, it is not uncommon for the body to have posthumous body jerks, or for the animal to have a sudden bladder outburst.

above from wikipedia…how come we’re not doing what we know works..the body is liable to be jumping around doing stuff for awhile. heck even when they cut someone’s head off it can still blink and move lips and be sad or mad.

gracie on April 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The intent was the death of the remorseless child killer. He’s dead. I call that a success. Not botched.

HotAirian on April 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The pain he suffered in those final minutes will be nothing compared to what he will endure in Hell.

Eternal Damnation.

portlandon on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Amen. Make it so.

magicbeans on April 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

As I have mentioned before here on Hot Air I oppose capital punishment not because it is unjust per se, but because the legal system cannot provide sufficient certainty to found the taking of a life.

That said, on the humaneness issue, I am not quite sure why, if you have to kill a convict, hanging has been abandoned. It was always considered a fast, effective and effectively merciful means of execution. Take the doctors out and leave it to the rope, if you must do it.

Blaise on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yeah, out of the thousands, tens of thousands, you can find a few, if any, that were “questioned”.

And no, I don’t buy into the “save one life”, or else we wouldn’t have bathtubs in our homes…

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

His own mother said in an interview that she was tired of the stays and she wanted them to just get it over with.

Blake on April 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You never “re-used” brass. Bad.. Bad.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

ahh…but the Left will complain about poisoning the executed with lead…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I think it is time for OK to bring back Old Sparky.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The SOB had it coming. Karma can be a real bitch. And why rely on drugs? A .45 to the back of the head is pretty much instantaneous. And one hell of a lot cheaper.

GarandFan on April 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

He died. That was the point.

If they want a clean execution, a bullet is still cheaper.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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Yep … totally.

listens2glenn on April 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Of course not, when the procedure was botched they just wheeled him into a closet and let him die. Or at least that’s what I hope happens when you botch prolong an execution.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Yep. That’s the way they do it in Illinois abortion clinics. Obama voted for it.

Bitter Clinger on April 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Solution -

Let them out in a remote area and inform the public that all law enforcement is in another state at a conference. Problem solved.

I find it ironic that the bleeding heart liberals care more for deranged murderers than they do their victims.

gophergirl on April 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

ahh…but the Left will complain about poisoning the executed with lead…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Well in essence it would be death by lead poisoning, but since most states don’t use lead anymore, I don’t see the problem.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Che Guevara liked firing squads

J_Crater on April 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Che also shiite his pants and begged for his life when he himself was executed.

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

If they must find an alternative, I’m sure they could hook up a firearm to a computer to conduct the execution. It would be quick, humane, and simple.

El_Terrible on April 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Boy, I dunno . . . . . seems like almost every comment is a “thread winner”.

listens2glenn on April 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I approve of the death penalty because the state does what the victim had the right to do, and would have done if he/she had not been deprived of that right by the murderer.

The victim has the right to use deadly force in self-defense, but the murderer overpowers him/her. The state later acts in place of the victim, using deadly force.

That way, a murderer cannot kill an infant or a girl, etc. with impunity, because the state will act later in place of that victim.

Seems perfectly fair to me.

KyMouse on April 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I say give him death by lead poisoning…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

not botched, hes dead.
just took longer than needed.

dmacleo on April 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Alternate Methods: Gallows, Firing squad, guillotine, hungry alligators. Take your pick.

Pqlyur1 on April 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Allahpundit, is the issue du jour that your liberal tormentors are taunting you about? Did they tell you that social liberalism is winning all over the place and now it is going to win on the death penalty issue?…

mnjg on April 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I’d be satisfied with life without parole if such a thing existed. But our liberal betters can, have, and will commute such sentences and release convicted killers back among us. Heck, they can’t even keep someone who engineered the Lockerbie bombing who was responsible for 270 murders in prison.

Socratease on April 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

“This could be a real turning point in the whole debate as people get disgusted by this sort of thing,” said one death-penalty opponent afterward.

I don’t see much disgust being evident here at HA…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Karma should have had him gang raped by a bunch of prisoners, then shot, then buried alive in the exercise yard.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

You win. Amen.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

If they must find an alternative, I’m sure they could hook up a firearm to a computer to conduct the execution. It would be quick, humane, and simple.

El_Terrible on April 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/03/bullseye-from-1000-yards-shooting-the-17000-linux-powered-rifle/

Horatia on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Alternate Methods: Gallows, Firing squad, guillotine, hungry alligators. Take your pick.

Pqlyur1 on April 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I like the hungry alligators…

PatriotRider on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

when they hang people sometimes their pops off..how about that way?
or there is old sparky in Florida…electric chair can set people on fire and then they smell bad. I think our buddy ted bundy went like this.
none of this is pretty. all I know is when my vet put my little doggie to sleep it seemed real peaceful so I know it’s doable.

gracie on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Where are the bleeding thugs?

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I don’t see much disgust being evident here at HA…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Yea, but that’s clearly because we are all racists…

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

If you ask me, this guy should have gone first. But then, I’m only a resident of the state.

jedijson on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I heard an interview with Lockett’s attorney this morning. She was lamenting the way her client suffered “like an animal.”

Erik Erickson’s excellent commentary includes this:

One person who will not weigh in on the merits of Clayton Lockett’s execution is Stephanie Neiman. Clayton Lockett tried to rob a house Miss Neiman was at. She tried to fight him off. He and his accomplices overwhelmed her.

They beat her, bound her with duct tape, taped her mouth shut, shot her, then buried her alive. Many of those outraged at how Mr. Lockett’s execution played out will, hopefully, pause to reflect on exactly why the state chose to execute him.

Sadly, Stephanie Neiman, is unavailable for comment on the situation.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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