Sunday, January 18, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor on Oklahoma Execution: "I am deeply troubled"

“My body is on fire,” said child murderer Charles Warner as he was being executed last night in Oklahoma.

A man who raped and killed an 11-month-old girl in 1997 was put to death by the state Thursday in Oklahoma’s first execution in nine months.
 
Charles Frederick Warner, 47, was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Warner’s execution via a deadly three-drug cocktail was the first state-sanctioned killing of an inmate since the controversial execution of Clayton Lockett on April 29.
Lockett’s execution went awry as doctors struggled to set a proper IV, and it took more than 40 minutes for him to die. That led the state to stay executions while it investigated what went wrong.

Attorneys for the state said a failed intravenous line and a lack of training led to the problems with Lockett’s injection, not the drugs used. Still, Oklahoma ordered a five-fold increase in the sedative dose.

Executioners on Thursday were expected to use essentially the same three drugs used in Lockett’s execution.

“I am deeply troubled,” wrote U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a stinging dissent before the execution.  See:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-death-penalty-oklahoma-supreme-court-20150116-story.html



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