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Lethal Injection

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...

When Texas Descends Into Hell: The Vulnerability of Scott Panetti

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

In order to be competent enough to be executed, Scott must understand why he is being executed. Presently, Scott thinks that he is being executed for being a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sentencing the Death Sentence to Death

Ash Murthy | Posted 10.31.2014 | Crime
Ash Murthy

The global trend towards abolition of capital punishment is encouraging. It is time the remaining countries, especially democracies like the United States, recognize that the cruel and inhuman punishment is a blot on civilized societies, and sentence the death sentence to death.

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

Amanda Terkel

Wyoming Advances Bill Allowing Death By Firing Squad

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Wyoming legislative committee voted against a measure to abolish the death penalty last week, instead opting to endorse death by firin...

Texas Executes 8th Prisoner Of Year

AP | Posted 09.10.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Texas has executed a man for killing his former common-law wife and her brother more than two decades ago in Houston. For...

Killing Jesus and Claiming Justice: The Execution of Willie Trottie

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The unfathomable love and grace of God is what binds Willie Trottie to the person of Jesus. The murders of Barbara and Titus Canada cannot keep Trottie from such grace and love. Why is this so difficult to believe?

Justices Silent Over Execution Drug Secrecy

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, wh...

Is Lethal Injection Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Crime
Martha Rosenberg

As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, a legal scholar in New York, and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.

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

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 ...