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    Obama calls for death penalty review after botched execution

    President Barack Obama said the botched execution in Oklahoma had prompted him to investigate the implementation of the death penalty nationwide.

    “What happened in Oklahoma was deeply troubling,” the president said during a joint presser with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in response to a journalist’s question.

    On Tuesday, the state of Oklahoma used an untested drug on Clayton Lockett, 38, and the execution went horribly wrong. Lockett was visibly awake and struggling during the execution and said “something’s wrong,” according to eyewitnesses. The execution took 43 minutes. Corrections officials said the intravenous line in the man’s arm had blown; he later died of a heart attack.

    “I’ll be discussing with Eric Holder and others to get me an analysis of what steps have been taken not just in this instance, but more broadly in this area,” the president said of the botched execution. “We do have to, as a society, ask ourselves some difficult and profound questions.”

    The president reaffirmed his support of the death penalty in certain instances, but cited concerns about the implementation of capital punishment.

    “The individual had committed heinous crimes, terrible crimes, and I have said in the past that there are certain circumstances where a crime is so terrible that the application of the death penalty may be appropriate,” the president said.

    Lockett was convicted of kidnapping a girl, shooting her, and ordering his accomplices to bury her alive in 1999.

    “I’ve also said that in the application of the death penalty in this country we have seen significant problems, racial bias, uneven application of the death penalty, situations in which there were individuals on death row who were later on discovered to be innocent,” he said. “All these do raise significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied.”

    Obama said the Oklahoma incident “highlights some of the significant problems” with capital punishment.

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    Oh brother, is the President now laying the groundwork for eventually commuting the sentences of all the murderers currently sitting on federal and military death row?

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    Has our President bothered to check that most of the inmates on DR that were later discovered to be innocent were prosecuted before DNA became available?.

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    He's right though, it highlights the problem that lethal injection is good in theory, but doesn't work well in practice.

    Solution, bring back hanging, or develop nitrogen asphyxiation.

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    Well, Mr. President if he did not decide to do the evil to a innocent girl he would have not found his self in the position he ended up in.

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    Is anyone worried about this?

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    Not me. 60% of the American public doesn't pay any attention to him any longer. He should worry about investigating Benghazi and the IRS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayer View Post
    Is anyone worried about this?
    No. He's just trying to get another conversation going. Just more distraction and divertion from his and the democrats domestic and forreign policy failures. The Anti's will make the same mistake the advocates of gun control make. They'll reach for an extreme solution. There are two executions this month one in Texas and one in Missouri. Both will be carried out. Texas and Missouri have good track records. So long as there is no de facto moratorium. The Anti's have lost
    Last edited by Weidmann1939; 05-02-2014 at 03:33 PM.

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    Does anyone worry that Texas and Missouri will be frighted off by Eric Holder from carring out their executions?

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    Abbott and Koster frightened by Obama and Eric Holder's Justice Department! Please! Obama is on the ropes and Holder would be doing well to avoid another contempt of congress before he resigns after the midterm elections.
    Last edited by Weidmann1939; 05-05-2014 at 07:29 AM.

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