UPDATED: 22/11/17, 8:45pm
In a statement about the execution, Governor Mary Fallin said “Justice has been delayed for over 20 years for this man. In my judgment, the incarceration of life without the possibility of parole is the proper penalty.”
I’ve learned that out of 600 signatures, roughly 530 call for a new sentencing trial, and 300 ask that Jones be given life without parole – she rejected a petition for a death sentence.
Out of 600 signatures, roughly 530 call for a new sentencing trial, and 300 ask that Jones be given life without parole.
The case is not over, and so far Jones’ attorneys do not know when or if they will pursue a stay of execution; the state has stated that it will not allow them to do so.
In a letter to Jones’s attorneys on Friday, Governor Fallin stated:
Oklahoma has the death penalty; it is part of our history and culture. It is a complex and complex crime to be committed. I agree that our state has the responsibility to provide appropriate judicial sentencing for crime of this nature. At the same time, I have to respect the constitutional right of an individual to self-determination and know that every individual is entitled to judicial fairness. That right includes the right to choose a lawful punishment.
Heidi Marks is a serial entrepreneur and a political commentator in Michigan, and she wrote this for TomDispatch.com.