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Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Death Penalty Drug

“The prisoners failed to identify a known and available alternative method of execution that entails a lesser risk of pain, a requirement of all Eighth Amendment method-of-execution claims.”

June 29, 2015

Utah Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing For Execution By Firing Squad

Lethal injection is the preferred method of execution in Utah, but they may have to start shooting people instead.

March 11, 2015

Lethal Injections Face Scrutiny After Two-Hour U.S. Execution

Washington (AFP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to die. Opponents and supporters of capital punishment alike say they believe the highest U.S. court will agree to consider the issue. Double murderer Joseph Wood gasped and […]

July 25, 2014

Private Autopsy Blames Oklahoma For Botched Execution

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times A preliminary autopsy, carried out by a pathologist retained by Oklahoma death row prisoners, rejects the state’s explanation of a blown vein as the reason an inmate writhed in pain during a botched execution and puts the blame on Oklahoma officials for the problems. The autopsy of Clayton Lockett, […]

June 13, 2014

Tennessee OKs Electric Chair When Lethal Injection Drugs Unavailable

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times With questions about the effectiveness and humaneness of lethal injections to execute inmates growing across the nation, Tennessee has turned to the electric chair as an alternative, becoming the first state to require electrocution if the needed drugs are unavailable. Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, signed the bill into […]

May 23, 2014

Supreme Court Suspends Execution Of Missouri Murderer

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a last minute stay of execution for a convicted murderer and rapist who argued that a rare medical condition risked making the lethal injection unconstitutional. The temporary ruling came after a flurry of last minute proceedings by both sides before a lower court. But the inmate could […]

May 21, 2014

First U.S. Inmate To Be Executed After Botched Lethal Injection

Washington (AFP) – A Texas man on Tuesday is to be the first U.S. inmate put to death since a botched lethal injection procedure in neighboring Oklahoma ignited a wrenching national debate over the death penalty. Barring a last minute stay, death row inmate Robert James Campbell is to be put to death by state […]

May 13, 2014

Oklahoma Delays Execution After Botched Lethal Injection

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Oklahoma’s attorney general agreed Thursday to delay for six months an execution that had been scheduled to take place hours after last week’s botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett. Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office agreed to reschedule the execution of Charles Warner for Nov. 13, pending a review of execution […]

May 9, 2014

Study Of Death Penalty In U.S. Urges Overhaul

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The death penalty should be overhauled “from the moment of arrest to the moment of death,” and the lethal drug cocktail used in Oklahoma’s botched execution last week should be abolished in favor of a single drug, according to a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts. The […]

May 7, 2014

Cruel And Unusual Ways Of Execution

No species in nature kills its own kind more often or more creatively than humans do, yet we cannot seem to devise a reliably swift, painless method of capital punishment. Oklahoma’s bungled execution of Clayton Lockett is the latest death-chamber debacle. After receiving a supposedly lethal injection, the convicted murderer began writhing and mumbling, and […]

May 6, 2014

Oklahoma Prisons Chief Releases Timeline Of Botched Execution

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times After a botched execution this week brought national condemnation, the head of Oklahoma’s prisons called Thursday for a suspension of all executions in the state until its capital punishment policies could be reviewed. Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton also revealed that inmate Clayton Lockett, whose death occurred over 43 […]

May 2, 2014

Furor Over Botched Oklahoma Execution Reflects A National Shift

By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times The fierce reaction to a botched Oklahoma execution may be fueled by the slow weakening of public support for capital punishment, which has coincided with a shift among Democratic politicians toward opposition to the death penalty. Capital punishment was one of a set of issues Democrats used in the early […]

May 2, 2014

Man’s Execution Goes Awry In Oklahoma

By Matt Pearce, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times A controversial double execution in Oklahoma was called off Tuesday night after the first inmate to receive an experimental three-drug cocktail writhed and grimaced on the gurney, struggled to lift his head and died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes later, officials and […]

April 30, 2014

Oklahoma Grapples With Death Penalty Issues After Court Ruling

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times A divided Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted two death row inmates a reprieve, while throwing the state’s legal system into a tizzy on how to administer the death penalty. In a 5-4 ruling, the state Supreme Court ordered a stay in Tuesday’s planned execution of Clayton Lockett, convicted in the […]

April 22, 2014

U.S. Serial Killer Set To Die After Court Reverse

Washington (AFP) — A U.S. serial killer is set to die by lethal injection on Thursday after a federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling which postponed the execution in the latest legal battle over the drugs used to carry out death sentences. Lawyers for Tommy Sells, who was convicted of murdering a 13-year-old […]

April 3, 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

U.S. States Mulling Execution Methods Amid Drug Shortage

Washington (AFP) – Electric chairs, gas chambers or firing squad: American states that retain the death penalty are mulling a return to long-abandoned execution methods as they grapple with a shortage of lethal injection drugs. A handful of officials in Virginia, Wyoming and Missouri are proposing to return to methods of execution from a bygone […]

February 4, 2014