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Botched Execution

Charles Frederick Warner's Last Words Before Execution: 'My Body Is On Fire'

AP/HuffPost | Posted 01.16.2015 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- In its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, Oklahoma executed a convicted killer with a three-drug method ...

After a Major Year for American Justice, Everything and Nothing Changed

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

While American justice has long been extraordinarily repressive and discriminatory, the events of 2014 arguably led more people to realize the magnitude of the problem.

Oklahoma Prisons Boss 'Confident' Inmate Will Be Properly Executed

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 01.08.2015 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One week before a man's scheduled execution for killing a baby, the head of Oklahoma's prison system said he's confident in his...

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

Officials Reportedly Misled Public About Drugs Used In Executions

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2014 | Crime

(Adds comments by Missouri department of corrections) By Carey Gillam Sept 3 (Reuters) - Missouri officials have not bee...

Drugs, Not Heart Attack, Killed Inmate In Bungled Execution

AP | TIM TALLEY | Posted 10.28.2014 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after hi...

Missouri Inmate Executed For Raping, Killing College Student

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 10.05.2014 | Crime

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate was put to death Wednesday for raping and killing a college student in 1995, making him the first U.S. pri...

A Deadly Secret: States Refuse to Share the Source of Lethal Injection Drugs in Executions

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 09.27.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

A botched execution also erodes public confidence because it means that something went wrong with the very process of death, which we have entrusted to our leaders. When a government hides information such as the source of drugs used in lethal injection, it erodes the public trust.

McCain: Botched Execution Amounts To 'Torture'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) weighed in on the botched execution of Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood, saying the 2-hour long procedure amounted to "...

Michael McLaughlin

Emergency Call Reveals Lawyers And Judge Grappling With Prolonged Execution

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Crime

A defense attorney, a government lawyer and a federal judge on a conference call grappled with whether to abort the unexpectedly prolonged execution o...

Does America Execute the Innocent? You Decide

James S. Liebman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Crime
James S. Liebman

Every day now, myths about the death penalty explode. Still, one seemingly soothing claim about the death penalty persists: that because of painstaking appeals and clemency reviews, no innocent person is ever executed. Before accepting that guarantee, consider Carlos DeLuna.

Three Killers Set To Die - Will Their Executions Be Botched Too?

AP | JIM SALTER and KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder was executed Tuesday night in the nation's first capital punishment since a botched e...

The Bible and Lethal Injection: Why the Man Who Wrote Oklahoma's Law Opposed the Death Penalty

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

Bill Wiseman dreamed of America embracing the Bible's counter-narrative, rejecting blood vengeance, admitting that we sometimes get it wrong, and sending a clear message that we are a people of mercy and redemption.

GOP Lawmaker: Bring Back Firing Squad Executions

AP | MICHELLE L. PRICE | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more hu...

There Is No Humane Death Penalty

Ash Murthy | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime
Ash Murthy

On a Tuesday night in 1999, Clayton Lockett and his accomplices shot 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman and raped her friend. Fifteen years later, again on ...

Death Penalty

Martin Marty | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime
Martin Marty

Amnesty International reminds Texans and the rest of us that America is in very distinct and distinctive company among executors: Only Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and China, 'disreputable peers,' execute more.

Gov Says 'No Blood On Hands' From Botched Execution She Pressed For

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, May 5 (REUTERS) - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on Monday her state had "lawfully carried out a ...

Emily Swanson

Painfully Botched Executions Don't Shake Broad Support For The Death Penalty

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

Americans claim they don't want those condemned to death to suffer needlessly, but recent news of painfully botched lethal injections has not shaken t...

The Death Penalty Must Go

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Until we have a full-proof justice system that treats everyone equally under the law, we cannot falsely believe that everyone executed is in fact guilty. The process itself is cruel and in one of the most modern countries on the planet, there is simply no place for it.

John Oliver Explains Why The Death Penalty Is Like The McRib & It Makes Perfect Sense

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.05.2014 | Comedy

"I know what you're thinking. 'You're not gonna really do a comic take on the death penalty, right? It's your second episode. I haven't even decided i...

Killer's Collapsed Vein Wasn't Noticed For 21 Minutes During Botched Execution

AP | By SEAN MURPHY | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Samples of the same drugs used in a botched execution that was stopped after the inmate convulsed and tried to lift his head wi...

Inmate Was Tasered Before His Disastrous Execution

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 05.02.2014 | Crime

Hours before Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett writhed through a bungled execution, prison officials used a stun gun on him and discovered a self-inflic...

Why Execution Drugs Don't Always Work As Expected

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 05.01.2014 | Science

After Oklahoma death-row inmate Clayton Lockett received a lethal injection, he lived for 43 minutes, convulsing and writhing on the gurney before fi...

White House: Botched Execution Fell Short Of Humane Standards

Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a botched execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma fell short of the humane standards required when the de...

Clayton Lockett's Inhumane Execution and What We Should Really Be Talking About

Ari Weitzman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Crime
Ari Weitzman

Let's take this opportunity to look deeper into our prison system. Executions, especially tortuous ones that are dehumanized with the word 'botched,' get a lot of warranted attention; but the discussion we're left having about capital punishment avoids a more pervasive and correctable issue.