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Religious leader asks Oklahoma to consider moratorium on state-sponsored executions

A Roman Catholic leader in Oklahoma is asking state officials to consider a moratorium on state-sponsored executions, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s botched lethal injection of convicted killer Clayton Derrell Lockett.
by Carla Hinton Published: April 30, 2014
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The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
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The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman PAUL HELLSTERN

“Once we recover our understanding that life is a gift from our Creator, wholly unearned and wholly unmerited by any of us, we will begin to recognize that there are and ought to be very strict limits to the legitimate use of the death penalty. It should never be used, for example, to exact vengeance, nor should it be allowed simply as a deterrent. In general, there are others ways to administer just punishment without resorting to lethal measures,” he said.

Coakley urged Oklahomans to pray for peace for all those affected by or involved in Tuesday’s execution and he said his compassion and prayers go out especially to Neiman’s family.

Lockett’s lethal injection was one of two scheduled for Tuesday. However, Gov. Mary Fallin postponed the planned execution of convicted killer Charles Warner for 14 days to determine what happened in Lockett’s situation.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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