Obama: After Oklahoma’s botched execution, I’m asking Eric Holder to review the death penalty

posted at 2:41 pm on May 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

Is this a real review, or one of those buy-some-time-until-people-forget-about-it “reviews” a la Holder weighing whether to charge George Zimmerman with a federal crime after he was acquitted in Florida? Given the recent dip in support for the death penalty has fallen, Democrats might feel safe-ish pushing for a moratorium on capital punishment in federal cases circa late 2015 or early 2016, to goose their base a little before the next vote. A studiously fair ‘n balanced review by Eric Holder could be just the pretext they need.

Calling a botched state killing in Oklahoma “deeply troubling,” President Barack Obama said Friday the federal government would review death penalty procedures around the country.

Obama said he’s asked Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an analysis of how death row criminals are killed after an execution attempt in Oklahoma left an accused murderer writhing and convulsing following a lethal injection…

“Racial bias. Uneven application of the death penalty. Situations in which there were individuals on death row who later on were discovered to have been innocent because of exculpatory evidence – all these I think do raise significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied,” he said.

This retort on Twitter caught my attention:

Actually, O didn’t say that he had no opinion on Gosnell last year, he said that he couldn’t comment while the trial was active. Well, the trial’s not active anymore. Has anyone followed up with him on that subject since then? If Holder’s keen on studying how death is meted out in America, the Gosnell slaughterhouse is a fine starting point for an inquiry into the abortion side of it. But that’d be a buy-some-time-until-people-forget-about-it “review” if ever there was one.


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This might be important, if Holder was in charge of 50-some odd justice systems.

BobMbx on May 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Obama didn’t mention the prisoner was black and this was a civil rights violation?

Shocking.

portlandon on May 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

He raped a young women repeatedly then buried her alive. I have no sympathy towered his more painful death.

sorrowen on May 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

“OK chose poorly…”

ladyingray on May 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Know what I find “deeply troubling”, Mr. President? The scumbag killer who killed tortured and buried alive his victim.

Opposite Day on May 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

left an accused convicted murderer writhing and convulsing following a lethal injection…

There, fixed it. And now that it’s been corrected I ask you…what is wrong with that sentence?

Nothing. At. All.

KrisinNE on May 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

“Mr. President, will you cooperate fully with the House Special Committee investigating the release of these most recent Benghazi emails?”

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

…it’s ok!…she was white?

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Review the death penalty for what? Holder doesn’t have a say in this, unless overnight he replaced Ginsburg on SCOTUS.

Erich66 on May 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

So, something over a year after the federal death penalty saved the Democrats ass, because Massachusetts would not have been able to execute Mr. Tsarnev, they wanna send it down the drain?

Red Widow on May 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Barry only gives a damn because Holder wants to turn it into a race issue.

There is no one I want to see on trial more than Holder.

budfox on May 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

This might be important, if Holder was in charge of 50-some odd justice systems.

BobMbx on May 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

57 to be exact. :-)

UltimateBob on May 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

“Acted Stupidly”
“I if I had a son…”
“Deeply troubling”

portlandon on May 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

errrr…Just what in the Hell is Holder going to do???

BigWyo on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

President who has no opinion on Kermit Gosnell has opinions on botched executions.

…he should have had Gosnell execute him!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Hey – I know – let’s go with Sharia Law instead of this sloppy stuff we have now…..

dentarthurdent on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Yay, more federalism goes to die.

nobar on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

To quote Nancy Pelosi: “Diversion, subterfuge. Why aren’t we talking about something else?”

ptcamn on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

We’ve run out of bullets?
Or rope?

gwelf on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Mr President,

How about looking in on the IRS?
How about looking in on the DOJ?
How about looking in on the EPA?
How about looking in on the DHS?

You seem to be sticking your nose into every bodies business. How about taking care of what we pay you for: to run the federal government. Take care of what you are supposed to do.
What a putz.

warmairfan on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Maybe he’ll draw a red line so we can just forget about it.

LetsBfrank on May 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Is that the same Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress..?

d1carter on May 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

What a hoot. The man who drops bombs from drones to kill American citizens want to review the death penalty.

Mr. Curly on May 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Come on AP. This headline was easy: “Obama sympathizes with rapist murderer. Calls punishment ‘troubling’ ”

Or is that too dark? Still accurate though.

Meric1837 on May 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Hopefully, at some point, Holder will find the teeth of a pugnacious bull dog named Trey, holding firmly onto his trouser’s leg, growling and shaking. May divert his attention from squirrels in Oklahoma.

butch on May 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

He suffered as his victims suffered its poetic justice.

sorrowen on May 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

They don’t call him Community Organizer in Chief for nothing…

d1carter on May 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The guy is dead so the execution was successful…..

Let’s considered the “botched” execution a “post-abortion”…..

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

This is the pattern of distraction, right? ONE thing goes wrong one day, such as a botched execution in contrast to all the ones that go through properly or a nut that goes on a killing rampage with a gun in contrast to the overwhelming number of people using them for defense, and suddenly there has to be a “national debate” and some “government review” or regulation.

ptcamn on May 2, 2014 at 2:54 PM

What a hoot. The man who drops bombs from drones to kill American citizens want to review the death penalty.

Mr. Curly on May 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The guy that was executed was a stone cold killer.

We need to review the Obama Presidency.

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 2:54 PM

So, let’s say that they pursue it. What legal standing do they have to enforce it? And what legal standing do states have to challenge the enforcement of it?

lineholder on May 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Will the moratorium apply to babies?

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Says the guy who brags about being ‘good at killing people’ by drone and maintains a ‘kill list’.

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM

I wonder if they rub the venipuncture site with alcohol or any other disinfectant before insertion of the needle. Should they?

butch on May 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Golly… Why dontcha use your vaunted executive powers and allow the use of euthanasia drugs for executions which the manufacturers refuse because YOUR political party threatened them with lawsuits?

BUTTHEAD

Skywise on May 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Serious question: are there federal crimes that are getting capital punishment? There’s actually US Attorneys prosecuting them?

Meric1837 on May 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Since we can’t seem to handle giving someone a fatal drug overdose, maybe we should follow the example of the “religion of peace” and do it their way – choices would be 1) stoning, 2) hanging, 3a) beheading quick and clean with a sword, or 3b) beheading by slowly carving with a kitchen knife, 4) suicide bomb.

I’m sure those would all be far more humane than a sloppy drug OD, since those methods are what the “religion of peace” use….

dentarthurdent on May 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

It’s been said enough: the guy went in there to be executed. He’s dead. Mission accomplished.

majorzot on May 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

If Oklahoma gave him a proper burial at sea, would that solve the problem?

d1carter on May 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I am still thinking we need a computer with firearm to do the deed. Just program it to fire at a specified time.

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Can we also get Holder to review rape-homicides?

Lamont Cranston on May 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Meric1837 on May 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Tim McVeigh.

butch on May 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Let’s considered the “botched” execution a “post-abortion”…..

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Maybe they would feel better about it if he was left to die in a hospital closet.

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Chris Stevens suffered botched security (as in no security) and ended up getting the death penalty. But we don’t see O calling for a review of Hillary and the State Department.

LetsBfrank on May 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

More grandstanding from the community agitator.

His gnat-brained base would expect no less.

MisterElephant on May 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

As far as the methods used as concerned, a high dose of Valerian would serve the purpose.

lineholder on May 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Btw – didn’t president butthead want to make statement about Clyburns racist statements and how that demeans us as a people? Call for his resignation?

No?

Skywise on May 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

No greater friend of vicious criminals.

Murphy9 on May 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Stand With Wendy To Protect Post Birth Prison Abortions!

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I am still thinking we need a computer with firearm to do the deed. Just program it to fire at a specified time.

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

A true “blue screen of death” – I like it…..

dentarthurdent on May 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

As far as the methods used as concerned, a high dose of Valerian would serve the purpose.

lineholder on May 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Valerian steel?

dentarthurdent on May 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

As I consider all the lives lost, all the people maimed, due to Obama’s mishandling of foreign policy, and all the people who have been declared ‘collateral damage’ by the Obama administration, the very idea that Obama and Holder would have the gall to say anything about the states carrying out justice by execution of convicted murderers is ludicrous.

This is the president who was directly responsible, through his appointment of H.R. Clinton as Secretary State and his own failure to act in defense of American lives, for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi.

Yet we are supposed to have faith that his administration, through Eric Holder, the man responsible for Fast and Furious and the 300 deaths directly attributable to that program, can reasonably and fairly make a determination regarding the merits of the death penalty in all 50 states.

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Waddaya mean botched execution? He died didn’t he? Now, if he had survived the execution and lived, yeah, that would qualify as botched.

hawkeye54 on May 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

“Serious question: are there federal crimes that are getting capital punishment? There’s actually US Attorneys prosecuting them?”

Yes, McVeigh was executed under federal law, the US attorney in Boston is seeking the death penalty against the Marathon bomber.

Bob from Ohio on May 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

i’m still totally confused by the outrage over this. why are people mad?? what is it, do they feel sorry for the guy because he went through too much pain? i mean really, what are people upset about? and why should i give a **** that the guy suffered a lot of pain? i don’t understand the controversy.

if you dislike the death penalty in general that’s one thing. but why is this one particular case getting so much attention? because he died in more pain than was intended? why does it matter?

Sachiko on May 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

WTF is Holder going to do?

And ah, yeah – take the side of a rapist murderer – that usually polls well in Mid Year Elections.

Odie1941 on May 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Hoodie content? Check.
 
Rare to the point of being statistically non-existent? Check.
 
Something that only matters teensy fraction of the U.S.? Check.
 
All conditions met, Mr. Obama. Full speech ahead.

rogerb on May 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM

How about all executions from now on be done the same way King Putt takes out all those accused, but not tried or convicted terrorists?
Strap the “accused” criminal into a car and launch a missile at it from a drone.
I’m sure that would be far more humane than the method many entertainers use on themselves every year….

dentarthurdent on May 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I’m puzzled a bit, however. Which particular grievance group of the Democrat coalition does this play to? (in other words, what’s in it for Barky?)

bofh on May 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I’d actually be OK with getting rid of the death penalty, but I find the double standard unbearable.

These people are fine with crushing the skull of a child as it gets ready to take its first breath, but a baby rapist gets all their compassion? Meanwhile a good honest grandma is told to take a pain pill?

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

errrr…Just what in the Hell is Holder going to do???

BigWyo on May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Hmmm, if it could save only one future person from a botched execution, I think he should immediately instruct Bammy to issue presidental pardons and have released all awaiting death sentences as the just thing to.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on May 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Clayton Lockett’s victim had a name: Stephanie Neiman

The media doesn’t want to discuss this and Obama certainly doesn’t want to discuss this, but here in Oklahoma we know who Stephanie was and we know her family.

I’m sorry things didn’t go as humanely for Lockett as the state and most people would have preferred. I’m sorry death penalty opponents believe it gives them a fresh, new reason to prattle on about morality and ethics.

And I’m sorry that his execution changes nothing, big picture or small. He ended up where he should have, just 43 minutes late. ~ Mike Hashimoto

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

President who sponsored infanticide legislation is deeply troubled by the botched execution of a rapist murderer.

— S.M44 (@redsteeze) May 2, 2014

That was my first thought. Except to be accurate President Infanticide didn’t sponsor infanticide legislation, for several years he voted against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

The bill had identical language to the federal bill of 2002, which passed the House by voice vote and passed the Senate by unanimous consent. That meant the likes of Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and the Democrat caucus all voted for it. NARAL was neutral on it, probably realizing what devastating bad PR it would be if it publicly stated it was in favor of letting babies die.

Barbara Boxer (yes!) said, “Who would be more vulnerable than a newborn baby? …all of our people deserve protection, from the very tiniest infant to the most elderly among us.”

But no, for Obama abortion and the murdering of vulnerable little ones is a core part of who he is.

INC on May 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The only thing that is “deeply troubling” is what that murderer did to his victim. But of course our Race Hustler skipped over that.

Whitey Ford on May 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Here’e the video of the rapist/murderer’s confession:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2618893/He-deserved-Friends-victim-weigh-botched-execution-video-surfaces-chilling-1999-taped-confession-Oklahoma-murderer-showed-no-remorse-did.html

See how much he doesn’t give a F!
Listen to the end where he admits he would have murdered all of the people to avoid his parole violation.

Blake on May 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Sorry Barry. You and Holder have no jurisdiction over an execution in Oklahoma.

TarheelBen on May 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Clayton Lockett’s confession

‘Let’s take them out in the country and leave them,’ Lockett recalled saying. They said, ‘No. We can’t do that. We’ll still get caught.

‘I said, ‘The only thing we can do is take them to the country, and kill them… I couldn’t convince her not to tell.’

Lockett shot Neiman twice with a sawed-off shotgun and watched two other men bury her alive, he confessed.

His menacing wasn’t done there, he even wrote a letter from jail threatening one of the witnesses saying ’cause I’m an assassin – point blank!’

Residents of Perry acknowledge that he did suffer – but not nearly as much as Neiman.

‘Stephanie was beat up, she was shot, she was thrown in a grave when she was still alive,’ Macias added.

‘His little 30 minutes of lying there in anguish, if he was even feeling any anguish for 30 minutes does not compare at all to anything Stephanie went through or her family.’

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

“We prefer a much more humane way. Like beating, torture, and gang-rape. You know; Like we allowed Amb. Stevens to go through.”

- President Obama

Augustinian on May 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

“Racial bias. Uneven application of the death penalty. Situations in which there were individuals on death row who later on were discovered to have been innocent because of exculpatory evidence – all these I think do raise significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied,” he said.

Here, black rapist/torturer/killer, innocent white victim of a home invasion robbery. The other way around, they get the Black Panther voter intimidation case treatment. That is, move along, nothing to see here. Their blatant racism is overlooked by a society that excuses it. But that doesn’t excuse it, it just lets them do it with impunity.

This is another of their recent attempts to gin up voter turnout this November, like that stupid push by Obama, Biden, and Valerie Jarrett to highlight college campus rapes. Invoke war on women, war on blacks, to get their voters upset. This will energize those against the death penalty.

LashRambo on May 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Holder’s review should be brief. Yes, Mr. President, there is a death penalty. Thank you, Eric, damn good job.

IndieDogg on May 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Obama: After Oklahoma’s botched execution, I’m asking Eric Holder to review the death penalty

Dude, that was like 3 days ago.

redzap on May 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

This man-child has argued for allowing living human babies to be left in a closet full of dirty rags to die alone and unaided. Yet his feels a moral pain over the uncomfortable death of criminal who allowed the rape of an infant, murder of a child and buried a woman alive.

There are no words in any language to describe the depravity of this man.

I find it very hard to only hate the sin in this case, truly the Lord is fearsome and wonderful to love us as he does and made the sacrifice he did. It is indeed a wonder of wonders and one of, if not his greatest, works for us.

Skwor on May 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM

F*ck Off Obama…

Sincerely,

Texas

workingclass artist on May 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

And who’s going to review his botched presidency?

NotCoach on May 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Hmmm…botched execution and monument to Satan in the same state…coincidence?

ellifint on May 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Four dead Americans in Benghazi: Dude, that was like two years ago. At this point, what difference does it make?

Rapist murderer who watched as his pals buried his victim alive: Deeply troubling.

Something is very, very wrong here.

hollygolightly on May 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Skwor on May 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM

It says terrible things about the soul of a man who would let babies die a horrible death, but who claims he is “troubled” over how a rapist and murderer was executed.

INC on May 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Executions are only botched if the one executed returns to life. Only one such case recorded in history.

de rigueur on May 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

*Rapist murderer who watched as his pals buried his victim alive, dies a little later than planned: Deeply troubling.

hollygolightly on May 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Dude, that was like 3 days ago.

redzap on May 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I like your comment best. lols

El_Terrible on May 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

How do we even knowthe scumbag murderer-rapist-torturer suffered? (Not that I care if he did; in fact, I do hope he suffered.)

How is it not possible, if not probable,that he was unconscious from the first dose of meds when he started writhing and squirming? He might have been jumping around on the death table, but oblivious to what his body was doing.

Then again, why let a good ‘crisis’ go to waste? It’s way easier distracting the infantile media with this than responding to the myriad of man-made disasters coming from this White House. And…you know…..racism=deathpenalty

MistyLane on May 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

ellifint on May 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

What, exactly, is your point?

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Doomberg on May 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

That’s Valyrian

I’m talking about the herbal, Valerian root. It’s been used in Europe for years for people wanting to commit suicide.

lineholder on May 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

“Writhing and convulsing……..” Wow, probably just like Stephanie Neiman as she breathed her last after being raped, shot and buried alive. Funny how that works out, isn’t it?

This is a resounding success!

rick_blaines_forehead on May 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Meanwhile, Obama drones on.

Bevan on May 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

After Oklahoma’s botched execution…

There should be a review because I cannot see that it should be so difficult to kill someone. Maybe have someone with a 9 mm pistol on hand just in case he needs a cap or two in the back of the head.

sharrukin on May 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

It’s a little late for Obama to be having misgivings about the death penalty, as he gave the death penalty to at least hundreds of innocent Mexican men, women and children by supply the guns used to execute that death penalty and he has never even tried to apologized.

VorDaj on May 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Dude, that was like 3 days ago.

redzap on May 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

You win the internets today.

Fallon on May 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Obama said he’s asked Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an analysis of how death row criminals are killed after an execution attempt in Oklahoma left an accused murderer writhing and convulsing following a lethal injection…

Too bad Obama doesn’t show any concern about how the 18 year old girl was shot twice and buried alive. Oh, that doesn’t matter because she was white.

bw222 on May 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

It’s a little late for Obama to be having misgivings about the death penalty, as he gave the death penalty to at least hundreds of innocent Mexican men, women and children by supply the guns used to execute all those death penalties and he has never even tried to apologized.

VorDaj on May 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Holder’s Report: That was my people!

de rigueur on May 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

“The executioner acted stupidly.”

Bishop on May 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I think it is perfectly sane to expect we employ the most humane methods to execute.

However, you’re a fool if you lose any sleep over the mishap in Oklahoma. The execution was flawed, the objective is still just. Nobody spent this much time gnashing teeth over the suffering he put that poor girl through.

If you tell me they intentionally inflicted suffering on the convict – I have a problem. Absent any malice – I’ll chalk it up to karma. Which we all know is a female canine.

CycloneCDB on May 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

If we want to trample State’s rights…let’s make all executions Gary Gilmore style..

Pew…Pew…Pew…

BigWyo on May 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Yeah that the most urgent issue of our times… GDP growth at 0.1%, Obamacare destroying our medical system, faking unemployment numbers when in actuality we have the lowest labor force participation in 40 years, our enemies are laughing at us and doing what ever the f*** they want, but yet Obama is agitating his left wing base but yet another social issue… And they make so much big deal about social conservatives when liberals are the ones making social issues the main issues for them to get elected…

mnjg on May 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Administration of lethal drug to convicted criminal is racist.

Libfree told me so.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Btw: the guilty guy died, so it was a successful execution.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

The President was acting stupidly. Oh, He wasn’t acting?

birdwatcher on May 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM

If Obama had a son…..

lineholder on May 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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