- - Friday, May 2, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I will not lose any sleep over the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett in Oklahoma (“Oklahoma will review methods after botched execution,” Web, April 30). In fact, in this way perhaps Lockett was able to better empathize with his victims prior to being judged by God.

I don’t hear too much outrage when doctors mess up the care of innocent sick people in hospitals, and I don’t hear too much concern when medical professionals pull out coma patients’ IVs and let them die of dehydration.

In 1999, Lockett kidnapped, beat, gang-raped and shot 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman. He then ordered accomplices to bury Neiman alive and raped a friend of hers. There is no such thing as cruel and unusual punishment for such a criminal. The fact that anyone would give a hoot about how he was removed from Earth demonstrates that society has backward proprieties.

JOSEPH DUPONT

Towanda, Pa.

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