Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution
Dudley Sharp

Make the effort to think of your daughters, granddaughters and sisters, or any loved ones, as these victims and their family members were forced to do.

During a home invasion and kidnapping:

A, completely, innocent Stephanie Neiman, 19, was shot twice with a shotgun. The criminals made Stephanie watch as they dug her grave. Stephanie was placed, alive, in that grave, moaning and crying, and buried, alive (1).

Summer Hair was anally and vaginally raped, twice, on separate occasions and different locations and forced to perform oral sex. She lived (1).

Lockett gave a full confession, with no remorse. 

Lockett was an ongoing, continuing threat while on death row (2), just as he was before these crimes.

In the full context of Lockett's crimes and his death, there is no reason for anyone to use them as a reason to abandoned the death penalty and every reason to reflect on why some crimes deserve the death penalty.

Remember Stephanie and Summer.

Predictably, death penalty opponents are using Lockett as their newest poster murderer to fight death penalty support.

Anti death penalty legislators in the New Hampshire House of Representatives even used Lockett as the foundation for a re-vote on death penalty repeal.

Fortunately, with that re-vote, the House had 7 fewer votes for repeal and 13 more votes for retention.  Thank you. The Senate refused to reconsider and the death penalty remains.

Lockett's crimes call for more death penalty support.


Death penalty opponents, in all states, are using Lockett's "botched" execution, in Oklahoma,  to call for an end to execution, as is New Hampshire.

Odd. Oklahoma has a history of successful executions, which is, somehow, being forgotten.

Nationally, less than 1% of lethal injections have any problems (cut downs are not problems, but solutions).

Could Lockett have exhibited those noises and movements while unconscious? Of course. Could he have been conscious? Of course.

"Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, which performed (Lockett's) autopsy, concluded that the cause of death was "judicial execution by lethal injection." But the report does not answer why the execution took so long and why Lockett writhed on the gurney." He " . . . succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack . . ."  (4)

At this point, no one even knows, for sure, if Lockett suffered. 

"Toxicology reports said all three lethal drugs were found in Lockett's system — the sedative in brain tissue and elsewhere and the other drugs in his blood." (4)

This makes it less likely that he suffered.

But, we do know what happened to Stephanie and Summer. Don't forget them.

With executions, the proper protocol is to have a second IV line, ready to go. Had that been done in Lockett's case, there would have been a brief delay, then the second IV would have been used and no one would have even noticed. The IV line should alwasy be visible, but was not in this case. Two errors.

So, let's wait until the full report and stop any blind speculation.

We know what happened with all the blind speculation in McGuire's execution (3) in Ohio. Let's not continue duplicating that nonsense with Lockett.


Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution 



2) "Friends of victim have zero sympathy for Clayton Lockett", New York Daily News, May 2, 2014,

3) The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution

4)  "Drugs, Not Heart Attack, Killed Clayton Lockett In Oklahoma Execution: Autopsy", Tim Talley, AP, 08/28/2014