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Clayton Lockett

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stance on Death Penalty

Adam Banner | Posted 06.30.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Let's be honest. Whether or not the death penalty, as a whole, is constitutional was never at issue in this case. The question regarding necessary standards and uniformity in the method for executing inmates, however, was in full display.

Oklahoma Plays Torture Roulette With Lethal Injection

Cassy Stubbs | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Cassy Stubbs

The logical response to Clayton Lockett's bloody, pain-filled, unconstitutional execution in Oklahoma eight months ago would be to prevent such torture from happening again. But Oklahoma has another idea for its first execution since Lockett's.

After a Major Year for American Justice, Everything and Nothing Changed

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

While American justice has long been extraordinarily repressive and discriminatory, the events of 2014 arguably led more people to realize the magnitude of the problem.

Will Oklahoma Successfully Kill This Man, Or Botch Another Execution?

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.14.2015 | Crime

Less than a year after the Oklahoma Department of Corrections bungled the execution of a man on death row, the state is preparing to execute another m...

Death Penalty Becomes More Rare and More Problematic

Nancy Leong | Posted 03.07.2015 | Crime
Nancy Leong

While a majority of states have abandoned the death penalty altogether, either in law or in practice, the handful of states that continue to execute prisoners do so despite a number of troubling issues relating to its implementation.

Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Challenge State's Method Of Execution

Associated Press | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suf...

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

Oklahoma's Response To Botched Execution: Hide The Next One From The Public

Lee Rowland | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Lee Rowland

It is sad and wrong that in response to evidence that Lockett's lethal injection was cruel and unusual, Oklahoma literally cloaked its execution process in secrecy.

Here's Everything You Need To Know To Win An Argument Against Using The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender & Nick Wing | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

A Tuesday execution is planned for Georgia death row inmate Marcus Wellons, who was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of hi...

REPORT: Skin Punctures Reveal Failure To Properly Deliver Lethal Drugs In Botched Execution

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2014 | Crime

(Repeats with additional codes for subscribers, no changes to headline or text) By Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes Jun...

Sanitizing the Death Penalty

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Just like opposing torture does not mean one condones terrorism, opposing the death penalty does not mean one condones murder.

Could Oklahoma's Death Penalty Become the Lethal-Injection Alpha and Omega?

Adam Banner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Could the newest "shot heard 'round the world" be the lethal injection of Oklahoma death-row inmate Clayton Lockett? After all, his 45-minute death struggle has been denounced by the UN and will likely have a profound impact on the nature of capital punishment in the United States.

Treating Death Row Inmates like Disposable Guinea Pigs is Unconstitutional

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

When faced with cruel and unusual crimes, our natural reaction is to demand cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that even if this sentiment were morally correct, it is legally incorrect.

Death Row Inmate Wants His Execution Videotaped In Case It's Botched

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.16.2014 | Crime

A Missouri man scheduled to be executed next week wants his death videotaped, in an effort to prove that an existing health condition will cause him t...

Court Misses Opportunity to Rule on Lethal Injection Secrecy

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Even states that adopt all of these safeguards cannot be assured that any specific execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Death to the Death Penalty

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

It is high time for all the states in this country and the federal government itself to outlaw capital punishment. There is no good reason to retain it, and there are compelling reasons to abolish it.

New Poll: Americans Support Death Penalty By Gas Or Electrocution

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

Despite the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, American support for the death penalty remains unwavering. However, a new poll by NBC has shown ...

There Is No Humane Death Penalty

Ash Murthy | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime
Ash Murthy

On a Tuesday night in 1999, Clayton Lockett and his accomplices shot 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman and raped her friend. Fifteen years later, again on ...

Execution Cocktail Is Too Painful To Use On Animals: Report

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 05.07.2014 | Crime

The drug cocktail used to execute an Oklahoma inmate who writhed on the gurney before eventually suffering a massive heart attack is deemed too painfu...

Is Execution by Lethal Injection Medical Research?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Given the stakes, it's time to lift the veil of secrecy. We need transparency, not a drawn curtain.

Ryan J. Reilly

Ditch Death Penalty 'Cocktail,' Bipartisan Justice Panel Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan panel of justice experts recommends states stop using a drug "cocktail" for death penalty lethal injections. "States are...

If We're Keeping the Death Penalty, Then Bring Back Firing Squads

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If we're going to keep carrying out the death penalty in this country and if we are going to continue to grandly insist that they are "humane executions" then only a return to a firing squad will insure a speedy and relatively pain free death for the condemned.

Gov Says 'No Blood On Hands' From Botched Execution She Pressed For

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, May 5 (REUTERS) - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on Monday her state had "lawfully carried out a ...

Emily Swanson

Painfully Botched Executions Don't Shake Broad Support For The Death Penalty

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

Americans claim they don't want those condemned to death to suffer needlessly, but recent news of painfully botched lethal injections has not shaken t...

Officials Once Joked About Trading Football Tickets For Lethal Injection Tips

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

Emails from 2011 show officials in Oklahoma once joked about trading lethal injection drugs for football tickets. The jokes came in response to a J...