An execution drug shortage in Oklahoma led to the rescheduling of two executions from March as the state scrambles to find drugs suitable to carry out justice.
Two convicted murderers filed against the state, claiming they have the right to know where the drugs come from, but the fact that Oklahoma cannot find a supplier for the drugs it uses is problematic.
EXECUTION DRUG SHORTAGE
Many pharmaceutical companies have stopped carrying lethal injection drugs over ethical concerns, contributing to a nationwide execution drug shortage.
This has forced Oklahoma to try to find new suppliers or new experimental mixtures to carry out its executions.
Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were set to be executed in March, but due to the execution drug shortage, their dates were pushed back to April.
So, the question now is where to find the drugs needed. The Oklahoma Supreme Court commented that if Oklahoma cannot find the pentobarbital and vecuronium used for executions, then it would need to put a new protocol in place.
This is only going to slow up proceedings even more.
I know this is an uncomfortable subject, but several news agencies have reported instances where death row inmates appeared to suffer when injected.
Despite their heinous crimes, we are a society that does not engage in cruel and unusual punishment.
Oklahoma, and the rest of the nation, needs to find a middle ground where the drugs used are not only effective and painless, but also open to the public for scrutiny.
Keep tuned. The fight over execution drug shortages is going to continue for a while.