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Did Execution Violate International Law?

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Did the Oklahoma Corrections Department violate international law during the botched execution of Clayton Lockett? United Nations officials believe that might be the case. New examinations of the body reveal the prisoner was subject to attack from officers using at least one taser. A self-inflicted wound was also found on Lockett's body, and corrections officials inserted an IV needle into his groin. Prison officials said they were unable to find a vein anywhere else on his body. Condemned prisoners are usually knocked unconscious with drugs before the lethal dose is delivered. During the time Lockett was supposed to be unaware of what was happening, officers watched as he struggled, strained and winced from pain. A physician witnessing the execution examined the prisoner, and declared the vein with the needle had collapsed. Much of the drug had absorbed into tissues or leaked from the bag.

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