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Oklahoma Death Penalty

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 ...

After Execution Stay, Richard Glossip Describes "Torture" Of Ordeal

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

MCALESTER, Okla. -- About 90 minutes before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection, Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip said guards came to take his ...

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 Branson Joins The Pope In Call To Halt Glossip Execution

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

Pope Francis and Richard Branson agree: Oklahoma has no business killing Richard Glossip. In an open letter published in The Oklahoman on Wednesday, t...

Death Row Inmate Richard Glossip Wins Last-Minute Reprieve

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.28.2016 | Crime

MCALESTER, Oklahoma ― Just after 11:30 a.m., two correctional workers led a group of five people past a stack of box lunches into a sparse recreatio...

Is Oklahoma About to Execute an Innocent Man?

Barry Scheck | Posted 09.11.2016 | Politics
Barry Scheck

If we keep executing defendants in cases like Richard Glossip's, where the evidence of guilt is tenuous and untrustworthy, we will keep killing innocent people.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Support SCOTUS's Death Penalty Ruling, But Have Complicated Feelings About The Issue | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

Americans generally agree with the Supreme Court's decision last week to uphold Oklahoma's use of a controversial lethal injection drug, a new poll fi...

Justices Fire Sharp Questions During Death Penalty Hearing

Oklahoma Watch | 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...

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

Oklahoma Adds Nitrogen Gas Chamber To Its Execution Methods | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

Oklahoma on Friday added the gas chamber to its arsenal of ways to execute condemned killers if lethal injection, which has been plagued by chemical s...

Kim Bellware

Oklahoma To Bring Back The Gas Chamber | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

Oklahoma lawmakers voted Thursday to reinstate the gas chamber as a backup execution method to lethal injection. The Oklahoma Senate voted 41-0 in...

Kim Bellware

Oklahoma Is One Step Closer To Allowing Nitrogen Gas Executions | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

Oklahoma would become the first state in the nation to allow execution by nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the state House with no...

Kim Bellware

Oklahoma Wants To Reinstate The Gas Chamber, And Experts Say It's A Bad Idea | Kim Bellware | Posted 02.13.2015 | Crime

Facing dwindling supplies of lethal injection chemicals and increased legal scrutiny of the practice, some states are considering a return to antiqua...

Kim Bellware

Richard Glossip Reacts To News That He Won't Be Executed This Week | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.03.2015 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. -- Death row inmate Richard Glossip described Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court order suspending his impending execution as "so unbeliev...

Kim Bellware

Death Penalty Opponents Make Last-Minute Plea To Save Richard Glossip's Life | Kim Bellware | Posted 01.27.2015 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dozens of death penalty opponents gathered in the Oklahoma state Capitol building Tuesday as part of a last-ditch effort to save the ...

Kim Bellware

Oklahoma Attorney General Asks The Supreme Court To Suspend Death Row Inmate's Execution | Kim Bellware | Posted 01.28.2015 | Crime

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed Monday to stay the executions of three death row inmates, including Richard Glossip, who is scheduled to ...

Kim Bellware

This Is What It Feels Like To Have One Week Left On Death Row | Kim Bellware | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime

Richard Glossip wakes up each day knowing that at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29, he's going to die. The 51-year-old has been on death row ever since he was con...

Oklahoma Plays Torture Roulette With Lethal Injection

Cassy Stubbs | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Cassy Stubbs

The logical response to Clayton Lockett's bloody, pain-filled, unconstitutional execution in Oklahoma eight months ago would be to prevent such torture from happening again. But Oklahoma has another idea for its first execution since Lockett's.

Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Challenge State's Method Of Execution

Associated Press | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suf...

Oklahoma's Response To Botched Execution: Hide The Next One From The Public

Lee Rowland | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Lee Rowland

It is sad and wrong that in response to evidence that Lockett's lethal injection was cruel and unusual, Oklahoma literally cloaked its execution process in secrecy.

What Is Gained From the Death Penalty?

Andrew Rice | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Andrew Rice

When a Navy SEAL killed the man responsible for the murder of my brother, I was satisfied. But I would have been equally content had he been taken out of that compound in Pakistan in handcuffs and spent the rest of his life sitting in a cell.

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.

GOP Lawmaker Doesn't Care If The Death Penalty Involves 'Being Fed To The Lions'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics

Days after his state bungled the execution of a death row inmate, Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian (R) appeared to be uncompromising on his death pe...