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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.

Texas Prison Loads Up On Execution Drug

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.25.2015 | Crime

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so ...

Euthanasia Drugs Reach the Wrong Animals

Alison Hermance | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Alison Hermance

Six turkey vultures were brought to WildCare's Wildlife Hospital in San Rafael, California between July and October 2014. All the birds were comatose and barely breathing, presenting a medical mystery to the Wildlife Hospital staff.

Identities Of Execution Drug Pharmacists Should Be Shielded: Prosecutors

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 10.02.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prosecutors want the identities of pharmacists who create specialty doses of execution drugs shielded and say doctors who...

Texas Executes Mexican National With Drug From Secret Source

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed in Texas on Wednesday for fatall...

Jan Diehm

Why It Took 25 Minutes For One Man To Die Of Lethal Injection, And Why It Could Happen Again | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime

Opposition to the death penalty is making it more difficult to execute people in America. Major drug companies have stopped selling several lethal inj...

Judge Orders Texas To Disclose Supplier Of Execution Drugs

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK and PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state judge ordered the Texas prison agency Thursday to disclose its supplier of a new batch of execution drugs to attorneys ...

Death Penalty Unconstitutional in Oklahoma? What's Next?

Adam Banner | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.

Texas Finds New Supply Of Execution Drugs

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death s...

Death Row Inmates Sue Florida Over 'Cruel And Unusual Punishment'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

MIAMI, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Seven Florida death row inmates on Tuesday sued the state, saying a new three-step lethal injection procedure could inflic...

Missouri Prisons Receive New Execution Drug

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 10.23.2013 | Crime

ST. LOUIS -- ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Department of Corrections said Tuesday it is switching to a new lethal injection drug, less than two week...

Ohio Execution Drug Runs Out

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 09.26.2013 | Crime

LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- Ohio is looking to the future of its execution procedure after the lethal injection of a killer whose death exhausted the state's ...

State Changes Execution Method After Drug Shortage

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 07.11.2012 | Business

DALLAS -- Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state, announced Tuesday that it would become the latest to switch to single-drug executions a...

Lethal injection drug access could put executions on hold

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Kimberly Leonard, iWatch NewsA federal judge's decision to block imports of a drug used in executions will leave states to rely more on a substit...

Georgia Inmate Dies In Video-Recorded Execution

AP | By SHANNON McCAFFREY | Posted 09.20.2011 | Crime

JACKSON, Ga. (Associated Press) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his parents and sister was executed Thursday after the courts allowed what expe...

Despite Warnings, States Scramble To Get Controversial Execution Drug

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly two-thirds of the 16 states with active death chambers are switching to an alternative sedative for execution – ev...

Denmark Company Supplies Major U.S. Executioners

Amnesty International | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck has sold pentobarbital to four of the most prolific executing states in the U.S.