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January 15, 2015

Oklahoma geared up to restart its machinery of death nine months after ugly execution

As reported in this Politico article, headlined "Oklahoma prepares to use controversial execution drug," a notable state is about to get back into the execution business. Here is how the article starts:

The state of Oklahoma plans to perform its first execution this week since a botched procedure last April, using a variation of the same three-drug cocktail that left an inmate writhing in pain for nearly 30 minutes before he died.

Thursday’s scheduled execution of Charles Warner, who is on death row for the rape and murder of an 11-month-old, is the first of four that was stayed following last year’s incident but that are now set to take place over the next two months.

Lawyers for all four inmates filed a last-ditch appeal with the Supreme Court on Wednesday but, if it is denied, Warner and the three others will be given different quantities of the same three-drug regimen, including the sedative that failed to induce unconsciousness and contributed to the visible agony of the man executed last April, Clayton Lockett.

That sedative, midazolam, is at the center of the appeal effort, as attorneys for Warner and the other three inmates argue that the drug does not sufficiently knock out the person receiving it.

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Thank you for not calling it, botched. The condemned felt nothing, just took a while to stop breathing, likely because they were infusing tissue and not vein. Why? Because the left wing lawyer thoroughly intimidated anyone with experience in starting IV's.

Ugly to you? Then what do you call the execution of the murder victim, blasted twice with a shotgun and buried, still alive. No due process.

I have proposed that prison staff attend an intravenous infusion course of only a few hours, especially if involved as an EMT. Any refusal to allow the attendance should be subject to litigation and injunctive relief. Why is this not being done given the high level of stupid, petty, and frivolous lawyer gotcha going on, always enabled by horrible people on the appellate bench? These rent seekers are definitely not defending the constitution, but only the death appellate business, bringing in $billions in unjust enrichment to the lawyer profession. They are basically stealing and extorting their payday.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 15, 2015 10:38:11 AM

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