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5/05/14Related Case or Issue:
In the days and weeks leading up to last night's horrifying execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma, there was much debate about the validity of the call for transparency in execution procedures. Some contended that allowing Oklahoma to rely on a new and experimental drug protocol, which relied on drugs whose source the State refused to disclose, in a dosage that had never before been used on a human being, reeked of human experimentation and ran the very real risk of torture. Others concluded that as long as an unquestionably guilty murderer was put to death, these last
Statement of Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel,
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
When LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks came to light and spread over the Internet like wildfire, the NBA acted quickly to ban him from the organization. We applaud the NBA’s forceful disavowal of Sterling’s ugly remarks. But it appears that, for the NBA and others, words continue to speak louder than actions.