Oklahoma Botches Clayton Lockett's Execution - so what?

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Oklahoma Botches Clayton Lockett's Execution - so what?
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Wed, 04-30-2014 - 10:21am

"An Oklahoma death row inmate writhed, clenched his teeth and appeared to struggle against the restraints holding him to a gurney before prison officials halted an execution in which the state was using a new drug combination for the first time. The man later died of a heart attack."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/29/oklahoma-clayton-lockett-execution_n_5236297.html

I am the only person that sees no issue with this? Could it have gone more smoothly, sure, but you know what, no one paid any mind to whether poor Stephanie Neiman was killed in a quick way. Matter of fact, he stood there and watched her be buried alive. 

"A four-time felon, Lockett was convicted of shooting 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman and watching as two accomplices buried her alive in rural Kay County in 1999. Neiman and a friend had interrupted the men as they robbed a home."

Is it revenge? No. He did not deserve to live. Plain and simple. Accidents happen. But he stood there, after shooting her, and watched her be buried alive. THAT tells you what kind of person he is. Not one that should have any opportunity to enjoy life, even if it's behind bars. IMO prison is quite a few steps up from being buried alive. 

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To actuallyinlove. 

You are in error. Our laws DO have an expressed protection from cruel  and unusual punishment.  For all those tried and convicted*.  No matter how vile the crime(s).  It's the eighth amendment of the Bill of Rights.   You do not have the power to abrogate that right for anybody (thank goodness!).

A visceral satisfaction with the painful and prolonged death of a human is more akin to revenge than it is to dispassionate justice.  For that matter, one could logically argue that the death penalty, regardless of how it's executed (dark pun intended), is cruel.   In our society it isn't really "unusual" but times do change.   We don't hang people, nor draw and quarter them anymore.

Be careful when you express contempt for the rights of prisoners.  Judges and juries have convicted and punished the wrong person.  Just pointing out the obvious here--execution is irreversible. 

Out of idle curiosity, do you really consider freedom to be so worthless that you think those in prison are better off than "every day joe"? 

*your logic seems to be that a criminal is exempt from the rights of the eighth which begs the question:  who thinks punishing the innocent in any way makes sense?!

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sabrtooth wrote:

"So what?" The what, is that the LAW protects us from cruel and unusual punishment.

He gave up ANY right to be protected by the law the moment he killed that girl. Why should he be allowed a cruel and unusual free punishment — from a crime he committed!! WITH NO REMORSE — when he didn't allow that to Stephanie, who shouldn't have been punished for anything. Why as a society are we so concerned over the rights of prisoners who have committed heinous crimes, crimes the every day joe would never think of doing, yet they live better than said joe.  

He deserved to die and frankly, I think he got off too easily. 

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Registered: 01-25-2013

Clayton Lockett gave up his rights as a human being when he acted like an animal and buried a young woman alive. Who gives a flip if he suffers or not the last few seconds of his life; he will spend eternity suffering in hell. What's a few more more minutes going to do for him. 

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Registered: 01-16-2013

They should have dug a hole, pitched him in there and buried him alive. It would have saved the taxpayers a lot of money and would only have been a few minutes of anxiety for that scum of the earth. Nothing cruel or unusual with that in my opinion. 

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"So what?"  The what, is that the LAW protects us from cruel and unusual punishment.  If we ignore the law, then we become no better than those we seek to punish.  And one of the reason the drugs did not work, besides being administered improperly, is that the drugs are now being purchased from 3rd world countries, with poor to absent qualty control.  And the reason we are purchasing from those countries, is beccause most drug manufacturers in civilized countries, now refuse to sell drugs for the express use of administering the death penality.  Whoda thunk that big pharma had more scrulpes than....

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Registered: 02-14-2013

Hahahaha-you reap what you sow right? Hopefully the moron had a few horrifying moments before he died, just like his victim suffered.

I think the man should have been executed the same way he killed his victim. They should have burried him alive.