Entries tagged with “Clayton Lockett

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Oct 26, 2022

10th Circuit Rules That Capital Prisoners Do Not Have a Right to Have Counsel Present Throughout Their Execution

On October 19th, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled against Oklahoma death-row pris­on­ers who had argued that they should be allowed to have their attor­ney present through­out their exe­cu­tion so that coun­sel could inter­vene and file for emer­gency relief if a prob­lem arose dur­ing the execution.

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Feb 14, 2022

Autopsy Shows John Grant Suffered Pulmonary Edema and Intramuscular Hemorrhage and Aspirated Vomit During Oklahoma Execution

Autopsy results for an Oklahoma death-row pris­on­er whose exe­cu­tion state offi­cials claimed was car­ried out … with­out com­pli­ca­tion” have con­firmed eye­wit­ness reports that John Grant like­ly suf­fered a tor­tur­ous death. The autop­sy, con­duct­ed by Tulsa Medical Examiner Jeremy Shelton, M.D., the morn­ing after Grant was exe­cut­ed on October 28, 2021, revealed that Grant suf­fered pul­monary ede­ma and intra­mus­cu­lar hem­or­rhag­ing, and aspi­rat­ed on his vom­it as a result of the lethal injection.

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Oct 29, 2021

Eyewitnesses Report John Grant Experienced Repeated Full-Body Convulsions’ and Vomited During Execution; Oklahoma Says Execution was Carried Out Without Complication’

Oklahomas lega­cy of botched exe­cu­tions has con­tin­ued to grow, as media wit­ness­es to the October 28, 2021 exe­cu­tion of John Grant (pic­tured) report­ed that Grant suf­fered repeat­ed con­vul­sions and vom­it­ed over a near­ly 15-minute peri­od after he was admin­is­tered the con­tro­ver­sial exe­cu­tion drug midazolam.

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Aug 08, 2017

Mark White, Former Governor of Texas and Death-Penalty Critic, Dies at 77

Mark White (offi­cial por­trait, pic­tured), a for­mer gov­er­nor and attor­ney gen­er­al of Texas who became an out­spo­ken crit­ic of the death penal­ty, died on August 5 at the age of 77. Mr. White served as gov­er­nor from 1983 to 1987, dur­ing which time he over­saw 19 exe­cu­tions. In an unsuc­cess­ful come­back bid in 1990, a cam­paign ad tout­ed his strong sup­port for the death penal­ty, fea­tur­ing pho­tos of the men exe­cut­ed dur­ing his tenure as gov­er­nor and declar­ing, Only a gov­er­nor can make exe­cu­tions hap­pen. I did and I will.”…

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Apr 30, 2014

Oklahoma Botches Execution of Clayton Lockett

On April 29, Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack approx­i­mate­ly 40 min­utes after the state began admin­is­ter­ing a new lethal injec­tion protocol.

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May 20, 2016

Oklahoma Grand Jury Issues Report Detailing Blatant Violations” of the State’s Execution Protocol

Following sev­en months of inves­ti­ga­tion into the caus­es of Oklahomas botched exe­cu­tion of Charles Warner using an unau­tho­rized exe­cu­tion drug and its near-exe­cu­tion of Richard Glossip with the same wrong drug, an Oklahoma grand jury issued a report on May 19 iden­ti­fy­ing a wide range of what it char­ac­ter­ized as neg­li­gent,” care­less,” and in some instances reck­less” con­duct by state offi­cials that devi­at­ed from the state’s exe­cu­tion pro­to­col. The state’s three-drug exe­cu­tion pro­to­col called for the use of potas­si­um chlo­ride as the final drug to stop the pris­on­er’s heart, but…

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Mar 02, 2020

Oklahoma Prisoners Challenge New Execution Protocol in Federal Court

Less than two weeks after Oklahoma offi­cials announced that the state would return to the same con­tro­ver­sial three-drug exe­cu­tion pro­to­col impli­cat­ed in a series of botched exe­cu­tions in 2014 and 2015, the state’s death-row pris­on­ers have asked a fed­er­al court to reac­ti­vate their law­suit chal­leng­ing the state’s exe­cu­tion process. The February 27, 2020 fil­ing in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma called the new pro­to­col incom­plete” and said it failed to com­ply with the terms of an agree­ment that had put exe­cu­tions in the state…

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Dec 15, 2014

Oklahoma Warden Called Recent Execution a Bloody Mess”

Attorneys for sev­er­al inmates in Oklahoma have asked a fed­er­al court to stay their exe­cu­tions and pre­sent­ed new accounts of the botched exe­cu­tion of Clayton Lockett (pic­tured) as evi­dence the state’s exe­cu­tion pro­ce­dure is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al­ly cru­el. The recent fil­ing includ­ed state­ments describ­ing the exe­cu­tion from the war­den, an attend­ing para­medic, and a vic­tims’ ser­vices advo­cate who wit­nessed the execution.