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Gov. Brad Henry and Andy Lester Detail Oklahoma’s Capital Punishment System in the Oklahoman

Spencer Fane attorneys Governor Brad Henry and Andy Lester recently co-authored a guest column published in the Oklahoman on the flaws in Oklahoma’s capital punishment system after the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals scheduled 25 executions to occur over the next 29 months.

In their article, Oklahoma Executions Should Stop Until System is Reformed, Gov. Henry and Andy outline the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission’s comprehensive report issued in 2017. Gov. Henry and Andy served as co-chairs of the Commission.

In the article, Gov. Henry and Andy state, “While we believe in all of the commission’s 46 recommendations, we also understand the reality that all may not be implemented. But, after five years, virtually none of our recommendations have been adopted. Yet the state is barreling ahead with an unprecedented number of executions despite the numerous flaws in the implementation of the death penalty.”

The article was also featured on the Death Penalty Information Center.

At Spencer Fane, Gov. Henry represents clients in both the public and private sectors in government and administrative law. Elected in 2002, Gov. Henry served as Oklahoma’s 26th governor.

Andy has a civil litigation and appellate practice in both state and federal court. His fields of emphasis include complex business, civil rights, commercial, constitutional, and state and local government law.

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