"If you are choosing to exercise this kind of power over another person's life ... you have to know the kind of power you are exercising," Zephyr Teachout says.
"For the random few for whom execution does become a reality, they will have languished for so long on Death Row that their execution will serve no retributive or deterrent purpose."
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"We have to stop executions until there's been a full investigation, independent investigation and full transparency," one lawyer said.
The execution of Clayton Lockett did not go off without a hitch Tuesday night.
Instead of death by lethal injection, the Oklahoman inmate died of a heart attack, with the complication attributed to vein failure, the Associated Press reported. The state corrections department was using a new three-drug combination, and the botched execution led them to postpone the execution of Charles F. Warner, also scheduled for Tuesday night, for two weeks.
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A Louisiana man's execution scheduled for Feb. 5 is on hold until April due to the controversial two-drug cocktail the state planned to kill him with.