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Inmate dies of heart attack after botched execution in Oklahoma

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By BAILEY ELISE McBRIDE and SEAN MURPHY

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This is disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. I hope everyone involved in pushing this through realizes how awful this is. RIP.

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Assuming this individual was guilty, and that doesn't seem to be in question, it was karma that his end came in a less than peaceful manner. His act was barbaric as was his end.

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If he died, then they didn't "botch" the execution.

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The key sentence:

"A four-time felon, Lockett, 38, was convicted of shooting 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman with a sawed-off shotgun and watching as two accomplices buried her alive in rural Kay County in 1999 after Neiman and a friend arrived at a home the men were robbing."

Watching someone get buried alive..........few people are going to feel sorry for what happened to him in the end.

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The USA courts are very worried that these criminals will suffer excruciating pain during the execution. Why? They should be hanged or shot by a firing squad. NO PAIN.

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Barbaric. Accepting capital punishment as an ethical instrument of justice is the same as declaring that the criminal justice system is infallible and tantamount to giving up on society and its ability to rehabilitate/reeducate criminals. Neither are acceptable in a civilized society.

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This is not good for the "but we really need capital punishment available" arguments. And we do need them sometimes.

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Deep down, death penalty supporters like these kind of stories. They are more for revenge than justice.

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Yes Super Lib, We DO GOOD !, I hope he died in EXCRUCIATING PAIN. Good Job, state of Oklahoma. Or rather, he should have been SHOT with a sawed off shotgun, and BURRIED ALIVE. Saves MONEY on expensive drugs. They could have done it in the Exercise Yard !

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I can't believe it i agree 100% with a post by USNinJapan2.

People who think it is kinda awesome that he died this way because he was bad are nuts. The state is supposed to be held to a higher standard than convicted criminals. This is wrong on all counts just like th death penalty.

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Lest there be any confusion, I'll clarify that I do not support the death penalty as the function of government is to be limited to protecting the inalienable right to life, liberty, and personal property of all people. That said, my comment about karma is akin to the "live by the sword, die by the sword " saying, not that execution is right or proper.

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GOOD!

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Yes, the state is supposed to be held to a higher standard and cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited by the U.S. constitution. This is clearly a case of cruel and unusual punishment.

Being raped, contracting HIV, blinded, burned, subjected to sexual predators etc is also cruel and unusual punishment. It directly reflects on the advancement and ideals of such a society.

Japans prisons, while harsh, have got it figured out. the BOP should pay a visit to Japan, and stop with, "well, that would be cruel and unusual punishment, so we cant do what the Japanese are doing" load.

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These fine gentlemen, killing, raping, burying their victims while still somewhat alive and we have idiot fools here who CRY because they think the DEATH PENALTY is wrong?? I wanna see the seem idiot fools here who are complaining against the DEATH PENALTY and what if their own kids, family, friends were raped and killed by scum like these?? Sorry folks, scum will sooner or later get what they deserve, as John Galt says KARMA, if they do not get shot and killed out in the streets by other hoodlums, the cops or some poor innocent would be victim in their house or shop with a big old shot gun, bang bang! Sorry folks only idiot fools feel sorry for EVIL monsters! Anybody with a bit more than half a brain knows to NEVER feel sorry for punks like these, let them BURN IN HELL!!

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Fitting end to the life of a piece of scum who had no feeling for his victims, almost could say it was "poetic Justice" I like it !

I have one question though and that is Did he suffer , Enough ?

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Elbuda Mexicano

Surely would it not be better justice if the criminal serves the rest of their life in prison? the death penalty is too final and in some cases, the wrong person could be convicted and put to death. The best penalty would be life imprisonment and hard labour every day.

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I see someone mentioned Karma, seems he got his , so what's the issue here ?

You want to run over an hug him and expect him to reform, you think some mystical character can save his soul, you think treating people who pray on society's weaker members in this manner is barbaric?

I think it is barbaric that people are sticking up for this filth and his right to a civilised execution or worse yet those who think he should not have been executed.

Why should law abiding tax paying decent members of society foot the bill for feeding and housing this POS for the rest of his natural life when he cared nothing for those he attacked and terrorised ? Kill the scum using the cheapest method possible, and make sure others know how he died so they can go into their next crime fully informed about the consequences and let them then make informed choices about committing similar crimes.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

You want to run over an hug him

No.

and expect him to reform

No.

you think some mystical character can save his soul

No.

you think treating people who pray on society's weaker members in this manner is barbaric?

Absolutely.

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There are so many people who love to make sure criminals get nice treatment that their victims dind't get. I happen to care more about victims and their family members.

I have no doubt their victims suffered way more than this scumbag did

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Hide Suzuki

I happen to care more about victims and their family members.

How does wishing death and suffering on a criminal show you care for victims? Explain that logic to me because it's not evident. Also, if you really cared for victims and for preventing future crimes, then your priority should be a working penal system that rehabilitates and reeducates criminals to minimize recidivism instead of simply punishing them in an environment that only makes them harder criminals. How supporting the death penalty, a sentence that has been shown over and over to have absolutely no deterrent effect on criminals, makes the past (for victims) and the present and future (for society and future potential victims) is something I'd like you to explain. Or you can first explain away how you justify state sponsored murder on ethical grounds. Go for it.

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simply punishing them in an environment that only makes them harder criminals

How does killing them make them harder?

Killing the ones who cannot / will not be rehabilitated serves a purpose, put someone in prison for life is not rehabilitation that is punishment, there are lots of these scum bags who cannot be rehabilitated no matter what you do with them.

You want to be caring touchy feely lovey huggy with them or for them, then you need help not them.

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@USNinJapan2

Have you lost a family or close friend in a murder case ? Some people, like me, actually want the criminal dead, with as much pain as the victim suffered if it was legal.

So don't talk as if you represent the majority, because you don't, at least not in Japan and American states that still have death penalty.

Maybe you can explain to the family members of the victims how you are so right and they are so wrong. Go for it

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@hide Suzuki

I have witnessed a close freind murdered in front of me in a pub in London. Never felt that i wanted the killer killed and suffer that way. That doesn't bring my friend back and revenge causes bitterness not comfort.

You also do not speak for all, none of us do.

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Hide Suzuki

Have you lost a family or close friend in a murder case ? Some people, like me, actually want the criminal dead, with as much pain as the victim suffered if it was legal.

No I have not, and it makes me more qualified to have a rational opinion on capital punishment than anyone who has by a factor of ten. Laws must be based on reason and not emotion and is precisely why your justification for capital punishment, the satisfaction of retribution, is not a rational argument. The last person that should have any say on a criminal's sentence is someone who has been directly and emotionally affected by the criminal's actions.

So don't talk as if you represent the majority, because you don't, at least not in Japan and American states that still have death penalty.

But I do represent the majority by a long shot. Most of the world, particularly the developed world, have evolved ethically to the point where they have either abolished the practice of capital punishment completely or have a moratorium on it. Japan and the U.S.' continued use of capital punishment are an embarrassing exception and not the rule for first world nations. Hardly something to be proud of, unless you're stuck with an Old Testament mentality.

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the state is supposed to be held to a higher standard and cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited by the U.S. constitution. This is clearly a case of cruel and unusual punishment.

@5petals: The "state" doesn't assess the penalty, it's a jury of Lockett's peers who decides his sentence in the penalty phase. You do know this, right?

A four-time felon, Lockett, 38, was convicted of shooting 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman with a sawed-off shotgun and watching as two accomplices buried her alive.

The last thing I'd call this is a botched execution. If it were a botched execution, this murdering rapist scumbag would still be breathing.

RR

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