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Pat McMahon

Till Death

This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of Lockett Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after the delivery of a new three-drug combination failed to go as planned.. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

For those of you who often disagree with these commentaries, get ready to be upset. What happened last week in Oklahoma only confirmed my longtime belief that capital punishment is wrong.

Clayton Lockett was tortured to death in an Oklahoma prison as the result of an inefficiently-applied combination of experimental drugs in what ironically was to be a "humane" execution. Did the prisoner deserve to be punished? About as much as anyone I can think of. He shot a young girl and buried her alive.

But if the level of horror in the commission of a capital crime is the standard of measurement, shouldn't all child murders be executed? And if we can all agree that putting a criminal to sleep will probably not act as a deterrent to violent crime, what would? Could we be guaranteed fewer murders if televised guillotine executions were a part of our justice system?

Arizona has said it will be using the same Oklahoma drug cocktail for its next execution, but that this time it will work. Gee, I'm already beginning to feel more civilized.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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