WorldViews: 4 horrible forms of capital punishment more humane than Oklahoma’s botched execution

By Ishaan Tharoor, April 30, 2014

Tuesday's botched execution in Oklahoma — where an inmate, Clayton Lockett, writhed on a gurney, staying alive for 43 minutes after receiving an untested cocktail of drugs until he succumbed to a heart attack — has reignited the debate in the United States over capital punishment and the supposedly humane methods by which it is administered. Lockett's physical reaction to the failed lethal injection was so sickening that prison officials closed the blinds so those in a viewing chamber would no longer bear witness to the grim scene.

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