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Oklahoma sets review of execution

Must ensure future deaths are kink-free, governor says

Posted: May 1, 2014 at 4:42 a.m.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday that Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson (background) would head a review of execution procedures.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday that Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson (background) would head a review of execution procedures.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin named a member of her Cabinet on Wednesday to lead a review of how the state conducts executions after a botched procedure that the White House said fell short of the humane standards required.

Reader poll

What is your opinion of capital punishment in light of the botched execution Tuesday in Oklahoma?

  • I've always been in favor of capital punishment and remain that way. 46% 59 votes
  • The death penalty is wrong, and this fits the definition of "cruel and unusual punishment." 25% 32 votes
  • States should revive older forms of capital punishment, such as the electric chair or firing squad. 18% 23 votes
  • States should find alternate drug options for more humane executions. 7% 9 votes
  • Other (please comment) 3% 4 votes

127 total votes.

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