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Cartoon: Our Saudi Ally

“Well, yes we did execute some religious leaders…”

January 4, 2016

Supreme Court Sends Missouri Execution Case Back To Appeals Court

Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seth Klamann, Los Angeles Times BONNE TERRE, MO — The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a condemned Missouri inmate’s execution Wednesday evening, sending the case back to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Missouri officials told those who had planned to witness it to go home. The high court granted the […]

May 22, 2014

Texas Judge Blocks 2 Executions In Drug-Source Fight

By Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Houston blocked Texas from performing two pending executions, ruling Wednesday that defense lawyers cannot properly challenge the planned use of a new batch of pentobarbital without knowing the source of the lethal drug. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott quickly appealed the ruling to […]

April 2, 2014

Oklahoma Court Delays Executions Over Plan To Change Lethal Drugs

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times HOUSTON — An Oklahoma appeals court on Tuesday postponed two executions after state officials revealed they were planning to change lethal injection drugs due to a shortage. Oklahoma is one of several death penalty states grappling with the legal ramifications of adjusting lethal injection drugs after major drug makers […]

March 18, 2014

Reported Executions Threaten Pakistan’s Talks With Taliban

By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Pakistani government’s improbable bid to negotiate a truce with Islamist insurgents verged on collapse Monday after reports that militants had executed 23 paramilitary soldiers held captive since 2010. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the “heinous, criminal act” and government negotiators canceled scheduled […]

February 17, 2014

Campaign Seeks To Expedite California Executions

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — Three former California governors are endorsing a proposed initiative for the November ballot that sponsors say would end lengthy death penalty appeals and speed up executions. Former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were scheduled to appear Thursday at a news conference to announce the launch […]

February 13, 2014

Appeals Against U.S. Executions Amid Drug Controversy

Washington (AFP) – Lawyers for two men facing imminent execution in the United States lodged appeals amid ongoing controversy over the choice of drugs used to carry out lethal injections. Convicted double murderer Herbert Smulls is due to be executed overnight Wednesday and Thursday in Missouri, while Christopher Sepulvado, guilty of beating and scalding his […]

January 28, 2014

Rick Perry And ‘Texanism’

Everybody who’s heard the classic live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison remembers the audience of convicts erupting in bloodthirsty whoops when the singer growled out the line “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.” According to Cash’s biographer Michael Streissguth, however, it never actually happened. A studio engineer created the […]

September 14, 2011

Maybe Rick Perry Just Likes Killing People

Whether it’s his long record of accelerating executions and refusing except when compelled by courts to commute death sentences, his promotion of incompetent, flagrantly political lawyers to top posts in Texas’ legal system where they prevent exoneration, or his comments recently that Texans might treat “treasonous” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “pretty ugly,” one has […]

August 18, 2011