- - Thursday, May 1, 2014

What’s wrong with America? Why do criminals have so many rights, while victims are treated as insignificant (“Oklahoma inmate dies after execution is botched,” Web, April 30)?

Clayton Lockett was executed for shooting teenager Stephanie Nieman a month after Neiman’s high school graduation in 1999. He used a sawed-off shotgun and watched as two accomplices buried Neiman alive. Nieman suffered horribly at the hands of Lockett.

Yet Lockett’s stepmother, showing no remorse or sympathy to the victim’s family for the horrendous crimes committed by her stepson, has had the nerve to complain that it took too long for her evil stepson to be executed. Unsurprisingly, the White House also criticized the botched execution while exhibiting little compassion for the victim’s family.

When you commit a violent crime such as murder or rape, you should receive no sympathy. News outlets should cease glorifying criminals. Victims, not murderers and torturers like Clayton Lockett, should receive the attention.

CHRISTIAN GATSBY

Birmingham, Ala.