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.
As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.
The death penalty is difficult justify in any modern civilized society. The issue is greater than partisan politics. A sober evaluation of the costs and benefits of state-sanctioned death clearly demonstrates that the death penalty is not viable.