We're not better than the criminals

Oklahoman Published: May 10, 2014
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In response to Jim Kelley (Your Views, May 4): My outrage over the botched execution isn’t because I have sympathy for Clayton Derrell Lockett but because I consider the Constitution to be the law of the land. The Eighth Amendment strictly prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” What this man went through was nothing compared to what Stephanie Neiman suffered, but he was a criminal and I’d like to think that the state of Oklahoma is not. If we allow ourselves to justify this kind of action based on the criminal's action, then we’re no better than criminals ourselves.

Alison Campbell, Oklahoma City



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