, Muskogee, OK


February 24, 2014

THE PEOPLE SPEAK - Governor should halt executions in state

In 1976, a young state representative, Bill Wiseman of Tulsa, wrote a bill that made Oklahoma the first jurisdiction in the world to adopt lethal injection as a means of execution.

The 32 death penalty states use that method. Wiseman hoped to make executions more humane and used grisly color photos of men killed in Colorado’s electric chair to pass the bill. Does his lethal injection violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishments?

We have new evidence that lethal injection causes excruciating, if invisible, pain. On Jan. 9 in McAlester, Michael Lee Wilson was executed with drugs. Wilson remained fully conscious as lethal drugs were injected. His last words were, “I feel my whole body burning.” No other peckerwood being executed has offered proof that legal injection is painful.

Since Wilson has told us that it is painful, executions should be halted and Gov. Mary Falling should clear the 50 men and one woman death row inmates and commute their death sentences to life in prison without parole.

Seven governors have done just that: Gov. Lee Cruce of Oklahoma, 1911-15; Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller of Arkansas, 1970; Gov. Toney Anaya of New Mexico, 1986; Gov. Richard Celeste of Ohio, 1991; Gov. George Ryan of Illinois, 2003; Gov. John Corzine of New Jersey, 2007; and Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois, 2011. I don’t want a governor to torture and kill folks on my behalf.

In one of his last sermons as an Episcopal priest before he was killed in a plane crash, Wiseman suggested we follow Psalm 102: “For the Lord looked down from his holy place on high; from the heavens he beheld the Earth; that he might hear the groan of the captive and set free those condemned to die.”



Text Only
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.