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Drug Cocktail Used In Executions Is Too Painful To Use On Animals: Report

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CLAYTON LOCKETT
FILE - This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Clayton Lockett. The botched execution of Lockett, and the gruesome details of him writhing and moaning before dying of a heart attack, has outraged death penalty opponents, raised the potential of more court challenges and received international attention. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

The drug cocktail used to execute an Oklahoma inmate who writhed on the gurney before eventually suffering a massive heart attack is deemed too painful to use on animals, according to a new report by The Constitution ProjectI'll.

Veterinarians in at least one state are barred from using a three-drug formula used on several inmates, including Clayton Lockett last week. Lockett, who was convicted in 2000 of murdering a 19-year-old woman, died almost two hours after the lethal injection drugs were administered.

The report recommends using a lethal dose of a single drug, either an anesthetic or barbiturate.

The paper's authors include both proponents and opponents of the death penalty -- judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors and police officers -- according to the Crime Report.

Other recommendations from the report include:

[R]ecommendations regarding the preservation, testing and presentation of forensic evidence; the creation of statutory remedies for wrongful convictions and the implementation of procedures for the systemic review to help avoid future errors; the videotaping of custodial interrogations – where practical – in order to avoid the documented problem of false and otherwise inaccurate confessions; the adoption of best practices for eyewitness identifications; [and] the effective implementation of prosecutors’ constitutional obligation to disclose exculpatory evidence.

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