There's no such thing as a 'humane' execution [Letter]

May 02, 2014

There is a surreal feeling that comes from reading the media commentary of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma ("Fresh execution questions," May 1). It is sort of like listening to a discussion about rape in which it is assumed that rape is OK as long as one does it politely. It has always been a mystery how the Supreme Court was able to deem state sanctioned murder neither cruel nor unusual so long as it is done humanely. Thank goodness our state had the wisdom to emerge from the dark ages and ban capital punishment in favor of life without parole.

Jerry T. Lawler, Baltimore

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