Friday, 2 May 2014

'Execution Oklahoma'

If we are to have a death penalty in this country
he was a suitable candidate,
he was not an innocent man
says Andrew Cohen of Atlantic Magazine.

The whole point of lethal injection was to soften
the image of capital punishment,
make it like a medical procedure
writes New Republic's Ben Crair.
It’s clearer now than ever that lethal injection,
as practised in this country, is not working.

Sonny Bunch of the Washington Free Beacon
has a hard time getting upset when
someone as disgusting as the condemned
suffers a bit before he expires, but thinks
the government shouldn’t intend people
to suffer horrifically before they die.
Instead we should reinstate the guillotine.

Lockett deserved to spend his life in prison,
writes Philadelphia Daily News's Will Bunch.
But at the end of it all, there's a reason why
we call ourselves a civilisation, he says.
Society is supposed to be better
than individuals we must punish.

Tony Rolfe comments:
This criminal received a punishment
that entirely suited his crime.
I am pleased he suffered in his final moments.

Sue Norton

Sue Norton lives and writes in York.