Letter: Executions must be handled justly

The merits of the death penalty have been

The merits of the death penalty have been and will continue to be debated. (Credit: iStock)

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Like a recent letter writer, I will not be losing any sleep over the death of inmate Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma ["Botched execution served justice," May 6].

However, I think the controversy over his mishandled execution does deserve some attention.

It's not enough to say that his bungled death at the hands of the state is "justice served."

If the death penalty is the law of the land, and a state chooses to enforce it, that state has the obligation -- constitutionally, legally and morally -- to carry it out in a competent manner.

Oklahoma should be in the business of dispensing justice, not retribution.

William DeMers, Massapequa

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