In the latest edition of Capitol Report, Patrick B. McGuigan made the case for ending capital punishment and for a “no” vote on State Question 776 this November. As the state’s deeply flawed execution process became clear over the past two years, the CapitolBeatOK and City Sentinel editor joined death penalty foes.
McGuigan opposes S.Q. 776 because it is unnecessary – the ultimate sanction is already permitted under state and federal law, and in any case all execution methods are subject to federal court review. McGuigan noted a majority of Oklahomans now support effective (and certain) alternatives to executions. He also pointed to the 156 exonerations of death row inmates, including 10 in Oklahoma, and the exorbitant costs that flow from capital punishment cases.
“As a matter of democratic choice,” McGuigan encouraged voters to reject the upcoming state constitutional measure, and to support an end to state-sponsored executions.
On a much lighter note, News9’s Alex Cameron asked McGuigan, who began his journalism career in sports reporting, to predict how many times the state’s two best-known football teams will win this season. McGuigan said the OSU Cowboys will win nine, while the OU Sooners win eight – but that he is not taking a position on the annual Bedlam game.