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OBAMA: THERE HAVE BEEN 'SIGNIFICANT' PROBLEMS WITH THE DEATH PENALTY

May 2, 2014: President Barack Obama called the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate "deeply troubling" and announced that he was going to ask the Attorney General to analyze problems surrounding the application of the death penalty in the United States.
In his first public comments on the case of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett, the President expressed conflicting feelings about the death penalty and said Americans need to "ask ourselves some difficult and profound questions around these issues." Obama said the death penalty is warranted in some cases, specifically mentioning mass murder and child murder, and said Lockett's crimes were "heinous." But he said the death penalty's application in the United States is problematic, with evidence of racial bias and eventual exoneration of some death row inmates. "All these, I think, do raise significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied," said Obama. "And this situation in Oklahoma I think just highlights some of the significant problems there."
Obama has been more vocal about his concerns involving race and criminal justice in his second term. He has asked the Justice Department to recommend more applications for clemency to correct sentencing injustices. The state of Oklahoma attempted to carry out Lockett's death sentence on 29 April by lethal injection, using a drug combination that had not been previously used in the state. Lockett convulsed violently during the execution and tried to lift his head after a doctor declared him unconscious, then died of an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after the execution began.
"What happened in Oklahoma is deeply troubling," Obama said when asked about international condemnation of U.S. application of the death penalty in light of Lockett's case. He said he'll be asking Attorney General Eric Holder and others "to get me an analysis of what steps have been taken, not just in this particular instance, but more broadly in this area." The Justice Department indicated its review would focus more on how executions are carried out rather than the issues of race and wrongful convictions that Obama said also should be discussed.
"The department is currently conducting a review of the federal protocol used by the Bureau of Prisons, and has a moratorium in place on federal executions in the meantime. At the president's direction, the department will expand this review to include a survey of state-level protocols and related policy issues," Attorney General said in a statement.   (Sources: Ap, 02/05/2014)

MALAYSIA: NIGERIAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SAUDI ARABIA: COURT ORDERS TWO THIEVES' HANDS CUT OFF
IRAN: AFGHAN JUVENILE EXECUTED FOR DRUG-RELATED CHARGES
KUWAIT: EGYPTIAN DUO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING COMPATRIOT
VIETNAM: EX PRISON GUARD SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG, GUN SMUGGLING
SAUDI ARABIA: SR30 MILLION RAISED TO SAVE NATIONAL FROM EXECUTION
UAE: WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY STONING IN ABU DHABI
SAUDI ARABIA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR 'GET RICH QUICK' ROBBERS
SIERRA LEONE TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
FLORIDA PASSES BILL TO COMPENSATE EXONERATED DEATH ROW INMATE
SOMALILAND: COURT HANDS DEATH SENTENCES TO A MOTHER AND HER THREE SONS FOR MURDER
OKLAHOMA (USA): CLAYTON LOCKETT TASERED BY PRISON STAFF ON DAY OF BOTCHED EXECUTION
BRUNEI: NEW SHARIA PENAL CODE CAME INTO FORCE
IRAN: SIX PRISONERS HANGED

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