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Lethal Injection

Arkansas Executes 4th Inmate In A Week

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.28.2017 | Politics

The state of Arkansas prevailed in a legal showdown late Thursday over the last execution in its aggressive, and widely criticized, effort to put eigh...

European Union Pleads For Arkansas To Stop Execution

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 04.27.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The European Union has called for Arkansas to cancel its scheduled execution Thursday of 38-year-old Kenneth Williams. In a letter Wedn...

Texas Sues FDA To Recover Seized Execution Drugs

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 04.26.2017 | Politics

The Texas prison system on Wednesday sued the Food and Drug Administration, demanding the return of 1,000 vials of the execution drug sodium thiopenta...

Oklahoma Is Urged To Keep Its Execution Ban Until System Is Fixed

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.25.2017 | Politics

Oklahoma should continue its moratorium on executions until it can reform its death penalty system to ensure that no innocent person is put to death, ...

Arkansas Blocked From Effort To Carry Out Its First Execution In 12 Years

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.18.2017 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court thwarted Arkansas’ first attempt at an execution in 12 years by denying the state’s request to lift the stay of execution f...

Judge Who Blocked Use Of Execution Drug Blasted For Anti-Death Penalty Protest

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.17.2017 | Politics

Amid the legal battle over Arkansas’ plan to execute as many as eight prisoners in 11 days, one of the judges that ruled against the state has anger...

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...