Oklahoma, which last week put on hold planned executions due to a mix-up with lethal injection drugs, used a drug not included in its official protocol in a convicted murderer’s January execution, The Oklahoman newspaper reported on Thursday.
The state used bottles labeled potassium acetate to execute convicted murderer Charles Warner when it was supposed to have used potassium chloride, a drug used to stop the heart that is part of the state’s protocol for lethal injections, the newspaper reported, citing state Corrections Department records.
Warner’s final words included “my body is on fire,” according to witnesses in the death chamber.
The state’s attorney general and corrections officials declined comment on the report.
Oklahoma halted the scheduled Sept. 30 lethal injection execution of Richard Glossip when it discovered two hours before the execution it had received potassium acetate, which experts said is not on the lethal injection protocol of any state, instead of potassium chloride.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Oct. 2 granted a state request to halt three upcoming executions so state officials can examine the drug mix-up.
“The state has a strong interest in ensuring that the execution protocol is strictly followed,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said earlier this week.
Oklahoma has overhauled its death chamber protocol after a lethal injection last year led to widespread criticism.
“We cannot trust Oklahoma to get it right or to tell the truth,” said Dale Baich, one of the attorneys for Glossip.
Warner was the only inmate executed in the state since the troubled lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett in April 2014 in which chemicals spewed in the death chamber from an improperly placed intravenous line.
Lockett could be seen twisting on the gurney after death chamber staff failed to place the intravenous line properly in a vein. The execution was called off but he died about 45 minutes after it started because lethal injection chemicals had accumulated in his tissue.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Will Dunham)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro takes on Norway for whaling, but bungles it
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday responded to Norway's decision to halt its forest protection subsidies, taking to Twitter to criticise the Scandinavian country for its whaling practice and post spectacular -- albeit misleading -- images.
"Look at the killing of whales sponsored by Norway," Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.
The post includes a video and photographs of a spectacular whale hunt, where mammals in the shallow waters of a bay are slaughtered by people wading on shore, armed with hooked knives. The whales' blood turns the waters red.
However, the images, reportedly taken on May 29 in Norway, illustrate a "grind", a type of pilot whale hunt practised exclusively in the Faroe Islands -- a Danish territory in the North Atlantic.
Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes
Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.
The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.
A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.
History provides us with no shortage of clowns and buffoons who were in politics
“The problem with political jokes,” Groucho Marx once said, “is that they keep getting elected.” Never has that been more true than today. We live in a world ruled by clowns. I mean that both literally and figuratively. Our century has ushered in the Age of the Clown Politician.
In Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, who played a Ukrainian president on the popular television comedy SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, was elected to be the real president with over 70 percent of the vote. Zelensky is literally a clown. In Great Britain, Boris Johnson, who will replace Theresa May as prime minister, is a buffoon who elicits laughter –usually unintended- wherever he goes. Mr. Johnson is figuratively a clown.