On April 29, 2014, Clayton Lockett, a convicted murderer, was scheduled to be executed by the State of Oklahoma. He was injected with an untested combination of drugs that precipitated a heart attack, rather than the expected sequence of unconsciousness, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. It took 43 minutes for Lockett to die, during which he was conscious, convulsive, and in pain.

In the wake of the botched execution, President Obama, stating that it “fell short of humane standards,” ordered a comprehensive review of how death penalties were administered across the U.S. Executions were suspended pending the findings.

Nearly a year ago, the Trump administration said that the review was concluded and that executions could be scheduled again. This past week, Attorney General Barr announced that the federal government (after a 20-year hiatus)…

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