Today's Tulsa World reports, "Rep. Joe Dorman calls for independent investigation of botched execution." It's by Barbara Hoberock.
Rep. Joe Dorman called on Thursday for a truly independent investigation into the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.
Gov. Mary Fallin ordered Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson to investigate why the execution went wrong.
Fallin appointed him as commissioner. He also witnessed the execution and formerly worked for the Department of Corrections.
"No matter how you look at it, Commissioner Michael Thompson can't be an impartial witness and investigator," said Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who is running against Fallin in her bid for re-election.
Dorman recommended that a blue ribbon panel be formed under the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. However, that agency is also part of the executive branch, and Fallin appoints its governing board.
"Mary Fallin's actions and inactions are inviting a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, and she alone is setting back the use of capital punishment nationwide for decades," Dorman said. "Gov. Fallin, this is your administration, but it is still our state."
"Fallin Opponent Calls for OSBI Probe of Execution," is the AP coverge, via Tulsa Public Radio.
Governor Mary Fallin's Democratic opponent in the race for Oklahoma governor wants he calls an independent probe into last week's botched execution of a death row inmate.
State Representative Joe Dorman of Rush Springs said Thursday he wants the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the investigation into last week's execution of Clayton Lockett. A doctor said Lockett's vein collapsed during the lethal injection.
Dorman is among those who have been critical of Fallin's decision to name one of her appointees and cabinet members, Commissioner of Safety and Security Michael Thompson, to head the investigation. Thompson also was a witness to the execution.
Earlier coverage from Oklahoma begins at the link