Clayton Lockett Botched Execution: Denver's David Lane Files Suit Over "Disgrace to USA"

Attorney David Lane has long been among the most prominent opponents of capital punishment in Colorado. You'll recall that he represented Edward Montour, who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole earlier this year after questions about the death that led to his initial imprisonment prompted prosecutors to drop a long-running death-penalty bid over a prison murder.

Now, Lane is taking on a case with a huge national profile: a lawsuit against assorted Oklahoma officials and co-defendants (including a doctor who previously had not been publicly identified) over the botched execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett earlier this year. Here's more about the complaint, including Lane's comments and the complete document.

See also: Edward Montour Death Penalty Bid Dropped in Favor of Life Without Possibility of Parole

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