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Oklahoma execution a success

Kim has it all wrong. The Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett was a total success. Granted it might have taken just a bit longer than the authorites and doctors had anticipated, but in the end it was still a successful execution. Only if Lockett had gotten up from the gurney and asked for a Snickers would that process be accurately called a “botched execution.” Semantics are everything in writing. As far Kim’s use of the word “cruel” in reference to the execution, considering that Lockett kidnapped, raped and shot his victim, and then buried her alive, to employ the adjective “cruel” in Lockett’s demise is purely conjecture.

John Zavesky

Riverside, CA

May 19 2014 - 4:48pm