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Lethal Injection

Lethal Injection In The 21st Century: When Enough Becomes Enough

Dennis Curry | Posted 11.30.2016 | Crime
Dennis Curry

It's now time for American society and indeed medical culture to get it and resist continuing the regrettable practice of lethal injection.

Death-Row Inmates Have A Right To Know The Identities Of Lethal Injection Suppliers, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics

A federal appeals court said on Friday that Missouri must disclose the identities of the drug suppliers who provide the chemical used in the state’s...

Priced Out Of Dying In California

Ravi Parikh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Ravi Parikh

On June 9th, 2016, California became the latest state to allow physician-assisted suicide. For all of the recent debate over legalizing physician-assisted suicide, one point often fails to be mentioned: Americans who choose to take lethal drugs will be unable to afford it.

Grand Jury Investigation Reveals Details Of Oklahoma's Despicable Execution Program

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections breached protocol multiple times during recent attempts to execute inmates, according a report released Thursda...

Pfizer Blocks The Use Of Its Drugs In Executions

The New York Times | Paul Vale | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced on Friday that it has imposed sweeping controls on the distribution of its products to ensure that none are ...

A Modest Proposal Concerning Means of Execution

Michael Goldstein | Posted 05.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Goldstein

With shootings and beheadings, we get to know what we're doing: no whitewashing it as a medical procedure, no pretending we're different from our ISIS enemies and our Saudi friends. The person offed someone a few decades ago; now we're offing them. That is, after all, the logic of the death penalty.

Virginia Governor Scraps Electric Chair Law

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has killed a bill that would have given the state power to put people to death by electric chair. Instead, he added ...

Texas To Execute Man For Murdering Boy And Drinking His Blood

Reuters | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.06.2016 | Crime

A south Texas man who bludgeoned and slashed to death a 12-year-old boy, mutilated the corpse and said he drank the blood of his victim is set to be e...

Mississippi's Attorney General Wants To Bring Back Execution By Firing Squad

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Mississippi should allow state executions by firing squad, electrocution, hanging and nitrogen gas when drugs for leth...

Justice Breyer Is Dying For A Case That Will Kill The Death Penalty For Good

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court gets last-minute death penalty appeals all the time, even when it's on summer recess. It seldom grants them. It refused two req...

When Will The United States Stop "Tinkering With The Machinery of Death?"

Stephen A. Cooper | Posted 01.15.2017 | Crime
Stephen A. Cooper

Over twenty years ago, death row inmate Christopher Brooks was convicted of raping and bludgeoning a woman to death. Brooks is scheduled to be execut...

The Supreme Court Had A Landmark Year. Here Are Its Greatest Hits.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics

For all the talk of gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court stood out this year for some quality work. It's not an overstateme...

Death Penalties, Executions Slow As Capital Punishment Is Squeezed

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Capital punishment in the United States has moved into the slow lane, with the number of executions and new death se...

If Nothing Happens Before Tomorrow Night, Missouri Will Execute an Intellectually Disabled Man

Brian Stull | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Brian Stull

Ernest Johnson, whose intellectual disability is clear, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection sometime after 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Ernest has scored under or around 70 on IQ tests throughout his life. He has shown typical signs of intellectual disability since he was a schoolboy: He struggled to speak and walk at the usual age. Young Ernest couldn't keep himself clean.

Solitary Confinement Case Dies With Death-Row Inmate's Execution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.17.2015 | Politics

Without explanation, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear the case of Alfredo Prieto, a Virginia death-row inmate who had mounted a constitut...

The Supreme Court Let A Man Die. He Was Executed With The Wrong Drug

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

You need five Supreme Court justices to halt an execution. In January, Charles Warner got four. Oklahoma executed him that same day. But the court did...

Montana Judge Strikes Down State's Lethal Injection Protocol

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

A Montana judge ruled Tuesday that the state's method of lethal injection is unlawful because it uses a drug that fails to meet the law's requirement ...

Justice Breyer Couldn't Save Richard Glossip, But He Won The Day Anyway

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics

When lawyers for Richard Glossip filed a last-minute request with the Supreme Court late Tuesday to halt his execution, the justices were already fami...

Oklahoma AG Suspends Executions Indefinitely After Drug Mix-Up

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

The Oklahoma attorney general has suspended all executions in the state following a disastrous lethal injection drug mix-up that occurred just hours b...

Richard Glossip Makes Final Plea To Supreme Court To Halt His Execution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

Richard Glossip, the Oklahoma man whose execution was temporarily put on hold earlier this month but who is now set to die on Wednesday, made one fina...

Man To Be Executed For Rape, Murder Of 15-Year-Old Girl

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.31.2015 | Crime

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday for killing a 15-year-old Missouri girl has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his puni...

The Supreme Court Has Had Enough Of The Lethal Injection Debate

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court won't be reconsidering an explosive ruling it issued in June that upheld the legality of the lethal injection in Oklahoma. In a one...

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stance on Death Penalty

Adam Banner | Posted 06.30.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Let's be honest. Whether or not the death penalty, as a whole, is constitutional was never at issue in this case. The question regarding necessary standards and uniformity in the method for executing inmates, however, was in full display.

Last Words for the Death Penalty

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 06.30.2016 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Whatever Glossip's formal holding, the body language of the Justices suggests that the death penalty is in a precarious position.

Is the Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 06.30.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Monday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, suggested that the death penalty is unconstitutional. They did so in dissent. But what a powerful dissent it was.