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Death Penalty Unconstitutional in Oklahoma? What's Next?

Adam Banner | Posted 03.27.2014 | 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.

Relying on Untested Execution Drugs Raises Important Health, Safety and Human Rights Concerns

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While some states have turned to compound pharmacy drugs as a result of the execution drug shortage, other states are using untested drugs for lethal injections. Without established protocols, states are merely guessing about the necessary dosages and very possibly getting it wrong.

The Death Penalty Is Premeditated, Unconstitutional Murder

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.13.2013 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The Supreme Court got it right in 1972. The death penalty does violate the Constitution, because it is cruel and unusual punishment. And here's why.

Mike Sacks

Clarence Thomas' Questions, Part 3: The Myth of Scalia's Puppet Is Quashed As Quickly As It's Created

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Twenty years ago this month, Justice Clarence Thomas appeared for the first time on the bench for oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Out of the cas...

Mike Sacks

Chief Justice Roberts Defends Scalia's Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's 9th Circuit smackdown season at the Supreme Court and, judging from Tuesday morning's oral arguments, Richard Lee Pollard could be ...

Mike Sacks

VIDEO: Supreme Court Will Ponder Bad Lawyers, Broken Elbows And Eyewitness IDs

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday for another two weeks of oral arguments. Next week's docket is stacked with criminal ca...

Court Sides With Kids Sentenced to Life in Epic Battle Over Our Constitutional Rights

Chris Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Cassidy

The ruling is a rare and welcome bright spot from the Roberts Court, which is prone to siding with the government and corporations against individuals asserting their constitutional rights.