Former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (pictured) and former U.S. Magistrate Judge Andy Lester, who co-chaired the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission in 2017, have called on state officials to halt the scheduled executions of 25 death-row prisoners.
In a guest column in The Oklahoman on July 24, 2022, Gov. Henry, a Democrat, and Lester, a Republican, write that “All
Oklahomans, regardless of one’s stance on capital punishment,
should insist on an unwavering commitment to fairness and
accuracy” in death penalty cases. Instead, they say, “the state is barreling ahead with an unprecedented number of executions despite the numerous flaws in the implementation of the death penalty.”