*(Via The Raw Story) – MSNBC host Rachel Maddow ripped Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) and other Republicans on Wednesday, describing the 43-minute execution of inmate Clayton Lockett as the end result of states’ increasing desperation to be able to administer lethal injections.
“If you screw up an execution, it is forever,” Maddow said. “There is no going back. And 43 minutes after this disaster of an experimental process, rushed and politically forced by the Oklahoma governor over the court’s objections and the prisoners’ real questions about what was about to happen to them, 43 minutes into the process of this botched killing, they tried to stop after the fact. Forty-three minutes into it, the man finally did die of a massive heart attack.”
Maddow pointed out that the combination of drugs used in Lockett’s botched execution had not only never been tested, but was not even available a month beforehand, thanks in part to the shortage of chemicals formerly used in the procedures. The state’s Republican-led legislature also passed a law barring the public from knowing how or where it had acquired the drugs used for Lockett’s execution.
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