Jonah Goldberg: In Oklahoma, a just execution, regardless
Botched is the accepted term in the media coverage, despite the fact Clayton Lockett was executed. He just died badly, suffering for 43 minutes until he eventually had a heart attack.
As a death penalty supporter, I agree. Although, I’m not sure we’d agree on what those questions — and answers — should be.
He and his accomplices abducted two teenage girls (as well as a man and his baby). One of them, Stephanie Neiman, refused to say she wouldn’t tell the police, so Lockett shot her with a shotgun. But she didn’t die. He ordered his accomplices to bury her alive. Here’s an AP summary of his crimes, in addition to first-degree murder: “conspiracy, first-degree burglary, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of first-degree rape, four counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery by force and fear.” Maybe you can weep for the man. I can’t.
The most cynical argument against the death penalty is to point out how slow and expensive the process is. But it is slow and expensive, at least in part because opponents have made it slow and expensive, so they can complain about how slow and expensive it is.
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