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Lethal Injection

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...

Oklahoma Court Halts 3 Pending Executions After Drug Glitch

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's highest criminal court has agreed to halt three upcoming executions after the state's prison system receive...

Oklahoma AG Suspends Executions Indefinitely After Drug Mix-Up

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

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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 Wednesda...

Missouri Executes Man For Raping, Killing Girl 2 Decades Ago

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and stabbing death...

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 pun...

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 ...

Tennessee Judge Upholds State's Lethal Injection Process

AP | Marina Fang | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates.   Davidson ...

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stance on Death Penalty

Adam Banner | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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.

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Liberals: Lethal Injection Decision Would Allow Prisoners To Be 'Burned At The Stake' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a scathing dissent in the Supreme Court ruling on Monday which upheld Oklahoma's use of a lethal injection drug, some of the court's ...

Kim Bellware

Supreme Court Upholds Oklahoma's Use Of Lethal Injection Drug | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a 5-4 vote that Oklahoma may continue to use a controversial lethal injection drug during executions. The...

The Pro-Death Movement in Nebraska

David Moshman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
David Moshman

On May 27, the Nebraska legislature, overturning a gubernatorial veto, repealed the state's death penalty. For opponents of state execution, there was a brief moment of rejoicing. But many Nebraskans were instantly nostalgic for the good old days of killing bad people.

Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

Reflections on Lethal Drugs, Sleeping and Waking Up

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

I have always loved the Supreme Court. As a law student, I made pilgrimages to the Court to listen to arguments. It fortified me and inspired me for the hard work and sacrifice ahead.

Will The Supreme Court Look Behind The Curtain Of Lethal Injection?

The Intercept | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

By the time the blinds were raised at 6:23pm on April 29, 2014, to show Clayton Lockett strapped to the gurney and positioned to die, there was a lot ...

Manufacturer Asks Oklahoma To Return Execution Drug

Oklahoma Watch | Nate Robson and Ziva Branstetter | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization that produces in-depth and investigative content on a range of public-policy issues...

Inventor Of Lethal Injection: 'I Am Ambivalent About The Death Penalty'

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

The man who invented the lethal injection method of execution told The Guardian that miscarriages of justice and botched executions have changed his m...

Kim Bellware

What You Need To Know About The Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

Botched executions, inmate exonerations, lethal drug boycotts and admissions of prosecutorial misconduct -- in recent years opponents of the death pen...

Supreme Court Set To Hear Oklahoma Death Penalty Challenge

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court was set on Wednesday to hear arguments in a case brought by...

Execution and the Supreme Court: Right Issue, Wrong Questions

Martin Clancy | Posted 06.28.2015 | Crime
Martin Clancy

At the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, it will once again be a matter of life or death. Specifically, the Justices will be considering a morbid potpourri of death penalty issues arising out of the controversy over the drugs that states use to put people to death.

Kim Bellware

Manufacturer Asks Prisons To Return Supply Of Controversial Lethal Injection Drug | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.22.2015 | Crime

Death penalty states are continuing to deal with the fallout after a major U.S. drug manufacturer announced that it will no longer sell corrections de...

Kim Bellware

Pharmacist Group Discourages Members From Providing Lethal Injection Drugs | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

The American Pharmacists Association, a major professional organization of pharmacists, adopted a policy Monday discouraging its 62,000 members from ...

What It's Really Like To Witness A Firing Squad Execution

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime

The only visible reaction Ronnie Lee Gardner gave to meeting death via a Utah firing squad was a clenched fist and a raised left arm, according to rep...