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“What we all agreed on was that if you’re going to have the death penalty, it ought to be done right,” said former Gov. Brad Henry, who helped lead the review. “It ought to be done in a way that, as best we can, ensures no innocent person is ever put to death by the state of Oklahoma.”

Document: Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission full report

VIDEO: Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry discusses Death Penalty Review Commission report

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We'd suggest the best people to handle the situation are the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the attorney general through the multicounty grand jury — the same groups that got to the bottom of the problems with the state's troubled executions of murderers Charles Warner in 2015 and Clayton Lockett in 2014.

SQ 776 is premature until the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission completes its work and the Department of Corrections finishes its consideration of recommendations by the multicounty grand jury investigation. Let’s not put the cart before the horse, but have the confidence in our policies and the assurance that systems are in place before moving forward on deciding when to assign the death penalty. As Oklahomans, we are called to make sensible and assured decisions backed by responsible research.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz was indicted by a grand jury on two misdemeanor charges after an inquiry spurred by events that included then-Reserve Deputy Robert Bates fatally shooting Eric Harris on April 2 during an undercover gun buy. 

Four months after a grand jury released a highly critical report on the execution of Charles Warner and Richard Glossip’s near-execution, the public still knows little about what’s next for capital punishment in the state.

The lethal-injection execution at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary of convicted killer Clayton Lockett went 43 minutes before he died of a heart attack.

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If the state's inability to handle executions competently and constitutionally were to prevent the deserved executions of the state's worst criminal offenders, it would conclude years of delayed justice with nothing short of justice denied.

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