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7 reasons why Mary Fallin will let Richard Glossip die

10:39 AM EDT on September 9, 2015


By now, I'm sure you've read or heard about Richard Glossip, the man who is scheduled to be put to death on September 16. If by some weird chance you haven't heard about him, here's the CliffNotes version:

Glossip has been on death row since 1998. Two separate juries have found him guilty of hiring Justin Sneed, a man currently serving a life sentence, of murdering their then-boss, Barry Van Treese. Sneed is the one who beat Van Treese to death, and in exchange for a life without parole sentence, he was given his life sentence in exchange for testimony against Glossip. Since the murder of Barry Van Treese, Glossip has maintained his innocence.

If you've read anything about Glossip, you can feel like you don't know the real story. Some news outlets maintain his innocence. Some news outlets point out glaring errors in the justice process. And some news outlets point out the media bias in their portrayal of Glossip as innocent.

Whatever you believe, one thing is certain. At the center of the controversy has been our fair Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. She is one of the few people who had the power to slow down the process and make 99% sure we're executing a guilty man, but for some reason she's done nothing. With Glossip's execution coming up, we decided to examine 7 reasons why:

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1. Remind the rest of the country that we love executing people.

It's been a while since every national left-leaning news outlet has written about the horribly cruel death of Clayton Lockett. Maybe Mary Fallin wants to give them something else to write about?


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2. She wants to see if the new execution cocktail works.

You know, because she hasn't really concerned with how barbaric the state's past attempts at executing a prisoner have been.



3. She can't cave to Hollywood outsiders like Susan Sarandon.

Susan Sarandon and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean have been campaigning for Glossip for a while now, and have been featured in everything from People Magazine to Doctor Phil. But caving to Hollywood liberals would be a metaphorical death sentence (not a literal one, mind you) for her career. So, she has to ignore everything they say.


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4. She's waffled on so many other things, she has to stand firm on at least one.

Give Mary credit, she found her backbone just in time to execute a someone.


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5. She hasn't alienated a large portion of the state's residents in like a week.

Seriously. The rest of the young professional progressives and I haven't considered packing up all our stuff and moving to Colorado in like 3 days.



6. She wants to be portrayed by Candice Bergen in Dead Man Walking 2.

I mean, if Sarandon could play Prejean in the first film, it could totally happen, right?


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7. She wants to appease the people and the people who vote, otherwise known as the third branch of government.

Anyway, I'm sure there are other reasons she's doing this. Share them in the comments.

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