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Aug 23, 2022

Oklahoma Executes James Coddington As Prison Director, House Speaker Call for Clemency and Faith Leaders Urge Halt to Scheduled 25-Prisoner Execution Blood Bath’

Oklahoma exe­cut­ed James Coddington (pic­tured, right, at his clemen­cy hear­ing) on August 25, 2022, after Governor Kevin Stitt reject­ed the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board’s rec­om­men­da­tion of clemen­cy, green­light­ing the start of what one faith leader described as a 25-pris­on­er blood­bath.” Stitt’s denial of clemen­cy came as lead­ers across Oklahoma had been urg­ing the gov­er­nor to com­mute Coddington’s sen­tence. Former Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) direc­tor Justin Jones and for­mer Republican Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Kris Steele had asked Stitt to spare Coddington’s life, while a coalition…