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.

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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