Clayton Lockett execution: Capital Punishment

05/02/2014 11:05 AM

05/03/2014 7:52 AM

Re "Capital punishment is too broken to fix" (Editorials, May 2): The Bee's editorial board is using the recently botched execution in Oklahoma to tell us how they feel about the death penalty. But there are many very good reasons not accept their conclusions. I doubt that many people who have learned the details about the remarkably brutal murder of 19-year-old Stephanie Newman at the hands of habitual criminal Clayton Lockett are actually sorry that he suffered during his execution. Capital punishment is certainly not broken. Virginia executes its worst murderers in 5 to 7 years. Many states are able to euthanize their worst murderers decades faster than California. Our state's death penalty process is the nation's slowest and most expensive. The initiative mentioned in your editorial was created to address obstacles to enforcement unique to our state. When voters get a chance to remove those obstacles they will take it.

-- Michael Rushford, Carmichael

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