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Lethal Injection

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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On May 27, the Nebraska legislature, overturning a gubernatorial veto, repealed the state's death penalty.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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Executions Could Resume In Arkansas After High Court Backs Lethal Injection Law

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the state's controversial lethal injection protocol. In a 4-3 ruling Thursday, the state's high court revers...

Alabama Halts Executions Until Supreme Court Settles Lethal Injection Case

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

A federal judge has ordered Alabama to stop executions until the U.S. Supreme Court rules whether the method of lethal injection the state uses is cru...

A Closer Look at the Death Penalty as Utah Considers Firing Squads

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.11.2015 | Crime
Steve Siebold

If the Utah State Senate gets its way, Utah could soon use firing squads to execute some death-row prisoners. The measure passed 18 to 10 on Tuesday, ...

Georgia Halts Executions Over Problems With Lethal Injection Drug

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.03.2015 | Crime

Georgia has halted all executions for death row inmates in the state due to concerns over the lone drug used in its lethal injection protocol. "Out...

How to Get Away With Murder: The State of Capital Punishment

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Every tweet, interview, Facebook post and letter speaks to Kelly's willingness to not only pursue peace but to minister to other inmates, sharing hope and light from a place of internal resilience.

This Is How Normal People Feel About the Death Penalty

Galanty Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

The biggest problem is not who receives the death penalty. It's who doesn't receive it. In a fair and just society, we're going to have to start executing a hell of a lot more people.

The Cloak and Daggers of Lethal Injection

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

Capital punishment degrades our respect for human life and subverts our basis for a moral appreciation of the law. Is that ultimately what state officials don't want us to see? It doesn't have to be this way.

Holder: Moratorium On Death Penalty 'Would Be Appropriate'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a Supreme Court decision on the use of lethal injection drug...