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As taxpayers and voters, we are all participating in this decision to kill — each of us has a finger on the needle that injects the poison. No matter where you stand on the death penalty, no Oklahoman wants to kill an innocent man. These are life-and-death decisions which must be made with life-and-death accuracy.

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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

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 Undersheriff Rick Weigel was sworn in as acting sheriff shortly before indicted Sheriff Stanley Glanz appeared before a judge in Tulsa County District Court.

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.

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