Call for public executions after botched execution in Oklahoma

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By, Heather Warner

After last week’s botched execution out of Oklahoma, there’s a renewed call for making executions public.

1936 marked the last public execution in the U.S.  It was out of Kentucky, and witnessed by more than 20-thousand people and hundreds of reporters.  That could be the case once again; only now, carried out on live television.

Last week, agents of the state, lawyers, and family members watched as a doctor strapped Clayton Lockett to a gurney, and then administered a drug cocktail that was suppose to lead to a quick death.  It took 40 minutes before the botched execution took effect. Ultimately, it was a heart attack that killed Lockett.

Now, as Texas is set to carry out an execution today,  the convicted, Robert Campbell is requesting a stay, citing that botched execution.  Time will tell on that–and on this renewed call for televised executions.

In a day of running commentaries and instant replays, those who oppose this idea just can’t imagine an execution being once again public.

What do you think?  Is there any good that could come from making executions public once more?

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