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Lethal Injection

A Deadly Secret: States Refuse to Share the Source of Lethal Injection Drugs in Executions

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

A botched execution also erodes public confidence because it means that something went wrong with the very process of death, which we have entrusted to our leaders. When a government hides information such as the source of drugs used in lethal injection, it erodes the public trust.

The Continuing Problems with Lethal Injection

Justin Marceau | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Justin Marceau

Arizona's recent botched execution of Joseph Wood is the latest in a series of horrific events demonstrating that lethal injection is a profoundly flawed method for carrying out capital punishment.

Hey, Arizona, Next Time Try Scaphism

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

If we're not ashamed of executing our lowlifes -- strange that rich people never seem to get executed, what's that all about? -- then let the Bible be our guide and let's kill lots of people for all kinds of crimes and let's do it brutally.

Jan Brewer Orders Full Review Of Drawn-Out Execution

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX, July 23 (Reuters) - Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer ordered a full review of Wednesday's two-hour execution of death row inmate Joseph Wood, ...

Do Conservatives Hold The Key To Ending The Death Penalty?

USA Today | Kirsten Powers | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Ralph Reed’s recent Road to Majority conservative confab in the nation’s capital had an unlikely exhibitor in the conference hall...

Death Row Inmates Sue Over Oklahoma's Controversial Execution Methods

AP | By SEAN MURPHY | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — By tinkering with Oklahoma's lethal injection procedures, prison officials are experimenting on death row inmates and violating...

Here's Everything You Need To Know To Win An Argument Against Using The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender & Nick Wing | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

A Tuesday execution is planned for Georgia death row inmate Marcus Wellons, who was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of hi...

Missouri Attorney General Pitches Plan To Avoid Botched Lethal Injections

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

By Carey Gillam May 29 (Reuters) - Missouri should fund and operate its own drug laboratory to mix lethal injections for executions, a...

The Bible and Lethal Injection: Why the Man Who Wrote Oklahoma's Law Opposed the Death Penalty

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

Bill Wiseman dreamed of America embracing the Bible's counter-narrative, rejecting blood vengeance, admitting that we sometimes get it wrong, and sending a clear message that we are a people of mercy and redemption.

Sanitizing the Death Penalty

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Just like opposing torture does not mean one condones terrorism, opposing the death penalty does not mean one condones murder.

Could Oklahoma's Death Penalty Become the Lethal-Injection Alpha and Omega?

Adam Banner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Could the newest "shot heard 'round the world" be the lethal injection of Oklahoma death-row inmate Clayton Lockett? After all, his 45-minute death struggle has been denounced by the UN and will likely have a profound impact on the nature of capital punishment in the United States.

Wyoming Lawmakers Mull Firing Squad For Executions

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to pe...

Inmate Execution Halted Over Challenge Of Lethal Injection Drug

AP | JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday halted the execution of a Missouri inmate with a rare medical condition who challenged t...

Court Misses Opportunity to Rule on Lethal Injection Secrecy

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Even states that adopt all of these safeguards cannot be assured that any specific execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Texas Set For First Execution Since Botched Lethal Injection

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.12.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas will carry out on Tuesday the first U.S. execution since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month unless att...

There Is No Humane Death Penalty

Ash Murthy | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime
Ash Murthy

On a Tuesday night in 1999, Clayton Lockett and his accomplices shot 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman and raped her friend. Fifteen years later, again on ...

Oklahoma Attorney General Agrees To Stay Of Execution

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investi...

Is Execution by Lethal Injection Medical Research?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Given the stakes, it's time to lift the veil of secrecy. We need transparency, not a drawn curtain.

Ryan J. Reilly

Ditch Death Penalty 'Cocktail,' Bipartisan Justice Panel Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan panel of justice experts recommends states stop using a drug "cocktail" for death penalty lethal injections. "States are...

Simon McCormack

GRAPHIC: How Every Method Of Execution Can Go Terribly Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 05.06.2014 | Crime

A botched execution in Oklahoma has renewed debate about the practice of government-sanctioned killings as states ponder an effective way to carry out...

If We're Keeping the Death Penalty, Then Bring Back Firing Squads

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If we're going to keep carrying out the death penalty in this country and if we are going to continue to grandly insist that they are "humane executions" then only a return to a firing squad will insure a speedy and relatively pain free death for the condemned.

Emily Swanson

Painfully Botched Executions Don't Shake Broad Support For The Death Penalty

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

Americans claim they don't want those condemned to death to suffer needlessly, but recent news of painfully botched lethal injections has not shaken t...

Officials Once Joked About Trading Football Tickets For Lethal Injection Tips

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

Emails from 2011 show officials in Oklahoma once joked about trading lethal injection drugs for football tickets. The jokes came in response to a J...

The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett and Why I'm Ambivalent About the Death Penalty

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

There's no reason, in spite of the brutal nature of his crimes, that Lockett should have died in that practically medieval way. His penalty was death, not 24 minutes of what can only be defined as state-induced torture... and then eventual death. Torture wasn't part of the deal.

Killing Them Softly

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

We should ask if there are ways by which we ought to replace the avenging means of justice with those that are redemptive and restorative.