[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] stated [text] at a news conference on Friday that he will ask Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] to investigate problems with the application of the death penalty. The statement comes after the recent botched execution [JURIST report] of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett, which President Obama called "deeply troubling." Although he stated that there are circumstances in which he believes the death penalty is warranted, such as mass murder and the murder of...

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