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  • Oklahoma prison officials unveil new death chamber

    10/09/2014 6:24:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:05 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed confidence that the agency would be ready for the state’s next scheduled execution in November. The $71,000 reconstruction of the death chamber and adjacent witness rooms gives executioners more space in which to operate. Department of Corrections also spent about $34,000 on new medical equipment, including $12,500 for a surgical table and $6,000 for an ultrasound machine to help locate veins. New protocols require more training for the execution team and backup procedures in case a lethal injection goes awry. …
  • Lawyers Tried to Stop Botched Execution After 1 Hour

    07/24/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 65 replies
    Newser ^ | 7/24/14 | Rob Quinn
    "He has been gasping for more than an hour," lawyers said in an emergency appeal to halt the botched execution of Arizona inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood yesterday. "He is still alive." As the hour mark passed, Wood's lawyers filed an appeal to a district court and even called Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the New York Times reports. Kennedy declined to halt the execution, while the district court didn't respond until after Wood had died, almost two hours into a process that usually takes around 10 minutes. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered an investigation into the execution of the 55-year-old...
  • Official: Texas can keep lethal drug source secret

    05/29/2014 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 5:22 PM EDT | Nomaan Merchant
    Texas’ prison system doesn’t have to reveal where it gets its execution drugs, the state attorney general said Thursday, marking a reversal by the state’s top prosecutor on an issue being challenged in several death penalty states. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor in the nation’s busiest death penalty state, had rebuffed three similar attempts by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 2010. His decision can be appealed to the courts. […] The issue has put Abbott in a thorny position during an election year in Texas, where the death penalty is like gun rights: Candidates...
  • Some Compelling Evidence of the Pill’s Harmful Effects

    05/28/2014 10:05:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 28, 2014 | ZACHARY KRAJACIC
    Because of these substances, Lance ArmstrongÂ’s cycling victories were taken from him and he was disqualified from further competition; Jose Canseco and Mark McGuire were stripped of their baseball records; numerous congressional hearings were held to assign blame regarding their use. We do our best to protect athletes from these dangerous substances while, at the same time, encouraging women to put them in their bodies.What are these substances? Steroids.Oral contraceptives (commonly known as birth control pills) are steroidal hormones. These drugs manipulate hormones to prevent conception, just as performance-enhancing steroids manipulate hormones to enhance physical size, strength, speed and...
  • Lethal Injection Is Pretty Much the Worst Way to Execute People. So Why Do We Use It?

    05/06/2014 9:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 05/06/2014 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Killing a human being turns out to be surpassingly hard to do. This was made gruesomely apparent in Oklahoma last week, when the state tried to execute a convicted murderer named Clayton Lockett by injecting him with a new and secret mix of deadly chemicals. "Man," Lockett moaned, sixteen minutes after the injection and long after he was supposed to be dead, and he tried to get up, and began to writhe and jerk on the gurney until prison officials closed a curtain to keep the witnesses from seeing the rest of the episode. Alarm set in. The doctor on...
  • After Court Drama, Oklahoma to Have 2 Executions

    04/24/2014 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday. The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles, ruling late Wednesday that Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. The inmates had sought that information through a civil lawsuit. "The defendants had their day in court. The court has made a decision," Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. "Two men that do not contest their guilt in heinous murders...
  • APNewsBreak: Oklahoma court could face impeachment

    04/23/2014 12:56:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 3:38 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    A member of the Oklahoma House is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death-row inmates. Republican state Rep. Mike Christian told The Associated Press on Wednesday that five justices engaged in a “willful neglect of duty.” …
  • Texas Executed Mexican National for Murder and Rape

    04/09/2014 8:28:43 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 9 2014 | NBC
    Texas executed by lethal injection on Wednesday a Mexican citizen who was convicted of bludgeoning a man to death and repeatedly raping the man's wife. Ramiro Hernandez, 44, was pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m. CDT at the Texas state death chamber in Huntsville after receiving a dose of lethal drugs, the Texas Department o Texas executes Mexican national for murder and rapef Criminal Justice said. Hernandez was the sixth convict executed in Texas this year and the 16th in the United States.
  • Man executed with controversial drug despite lawyer's appeal

    04/03/2014 9:33:01 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 75 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 3 April 2014 | By Associated Press
    A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers' demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished pentobarbital that Texas prison officials obtained to replace an expired supply of the powerful sedative. Sells declined to give a statement. As the drug began flowing into his arms inside the death chamber in Huntsville, Sells took a few breaths, his eyes closed and he began to snore. After less than...
  • Copenhagen Zoo Kills Four Healthy Staff Members To Make Space For New Employees

    03/31/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    COPENHAGEN (The Global Edition) – The Copenhagen Zoo has killed several of its staff members early this morning in order to create four new job openings, the Zoo public relations sector reported. Officials of the Zoo say that the four members of the staff were humanely executed after being put to sleep with a lethal injection, and then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.
  • Oklahoma Adds New Drugs to Lethal-Injection Protocol

    03/24/2014 10:29:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | NBC News
    "Lawyers for two men on death row in Oklahoma say the state has informed them it has a new execution protocol that would allow it to choose from any of five lethal injections. The change comes days after the state revealed that it had been unable to obtain the chemicals for its existing protocol: pentobarbital and vecuronium — prompting a court to delay the executions of convicted murderers Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett for a month. In the revised protocol given to the men's defense team, prison officials outline five possible one-drug and three-drug injections it could use to kill...
  • Texas finds new execution drug supply

    03/19/2014 3:20:30 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 60 replies
    MSN News/Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK
    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 sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.
  • Court Reschedules Executions of Two Oklahoma Inmates after State Can’t Find Supply of Killer Drugs

    03/18/2014 7:39:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    • The executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were put off until April 22 and April 29. The state has had difficulty finding the ingredients of the cocktail used to execute prisoners. OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma court on Tuesday rescheduled a pair of executions set for this week and next so state prison officials will have more time to find a supply of drugs for the lethal injections. The decision came in a lawsuit in which two inmates had sought more information about the drugs that would be used to execute them later this month. The inmates had...
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Family alleges Ohio execution unconstitutional

    01/25/2014 6:51:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 25, 2013
    Family alleges Ohio execution unconstitutional January 25, 2014 AP COLUMBUS, Ohio – The prolonged execution of an Ohio inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed late Friday, also alleges the drug maker that produced the medications illegally allowed them to be used for an execution and should be prohibited from making them available for capital punishment. McGuire "repeated cycles of snorting, gurgling and arching his back, appearing to writhe in pain," the lawsuit said....
  • Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

    10/10/2013 11:46:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 10, 2013 – 06:53 PM | Charly Wilder
    The compound Propofol has long been the most popular anesthetic drug in the United States, with some 50 million doses administered in the country’s hospitals and other medical facilities every year. But plans by several US states to begin using the drug for executions have drawn wide concern in the European Union, where near 90 percent of the Propofol supplied to America is manufactured. Now, out of concern that EU regulations will result in severe restrictions on the drug’s export, the German pharmaceutical firm that is the top manufacturer of Propofol, as well as advocacy groups in the US, are...
  • Texas prison system running out of execution drug

    08/01/2013 8:50:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2013 8:57 PM EDT | Michael Graczyk
    The nation’s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of pentobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn’t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. … Texas switched to the lethal, single-dose sedative last year after one of the drugs used in its three-drug execution process became difficult to obtain and the...
  • GA execution halted amid lethal injection concerns

    07/15/2013 5:31:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2013 6:07 PM EDT | Christina A. Cassidy
    A judge has temporarily stayed a Georgia inmate’s scheduled execution Monday, after attorneys raised questions involving the state’s supply of execution drugs. … It wasn’t the first time (Warren Lee) Hill’s scheduled execution has been halted by a challenge to Georgia’s execution method. Last July, a previous execution date was put on hold by an earlier challenge to the state’s plan to change from a three-drug injection to a single dose of pentobarbital. …
  • Lawyers say Arkansas to use untried execution drug

    04/17/2013 12:43:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2013 10:00 PM EDT | Jeanie Nuss
    Arkansas plans to put prisoners to death with a drug that apparently hasn’t been used in a U.S. execution, and lawyers for condemned inmates warn that it could take longer for someone to die from it than from other lethal injection drugs. Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the state plans to use phenobarbital, along with lorazepam, in lethal injections. None are currently scheduled, but Arkansas recently passed a law that will allow the state to resume executions. … In a letter obtained by the AP, federal public defender Jennifer Horan told...
  • Larry Mann executed for Palm Harbor girl's 1980 killing

    04/10/2013 11:16:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    STARKE — Larry Eugene Mann, who crushed a little girl's skull 32 years ago, died Wednesday night as chemicals coursed through his veins. Mann was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison for the murder of 10-year-old Elisa Vera Nelson, whom he abducted one morning in 1980 as she rode her bicycle to school in Palm Harbor. He was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. He was 59. Afterward, Jeff Nelson, Elisa's brother, stood in the light of a setting sun outside the prison, joining a crowd of about 50 people who turned out to offer support. Nelson, who was...
  • As Sacramento Dawdles, District Attorneys Revolt

    07/29/2012 6:11:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell. The judge was fearful lest the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol would cause Morales undue pain. Since then, a number of states have switched to a one-drug protocol. Why hasn't California? The answer could be that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris don't want the death penalty to work. Brown and Harris are personally opposed to the death penalty, but when they campaigned...
  • Troy Davis mourned as a martyr by 1,000 in Georgia

    10/01/2011 6:53:26 PM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    More than 1,000 people packed the pews of a church in this Georgia coastal city Saturday for the funeral of Troy Davis, whose execution for the murder of a Savannah police officer despite his claims of innocence sparked protests around the world and led to a renewed campaign to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. Davis was celebrated as "martyr and foot soldier" by family, activists and supporters who spent years trying to persuade judges and Georgia prison officials that Davis was innocent but were unable to prevent his execution Sept. 21. The crowd that filled Savannah's Jonesville Baptist...
  • White supremacist to be executed for 1998 killing

    09/21/2011 10:28:07 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:46 PM on 21st September 2011 | Daniel Miller
    A white supremacist who was sentenced to death for the murder of a black man in an horrific killing that echoed the atrocities of the lynching era is to be executed today. Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6pm for his part in the 1998 killing of James Byrd, Jr in East Texas. Brewer was one of three men convicted of killing Byrd after they offered him a lift along a remote country road.
  • New TLC show Prison Diaries reveals shocking reality of life awaiting execution

    09/20/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:03 AM on 21st September 2011 | Daisy Dumas
    A chilling look inside the minds of female prisoners unfolds on Thursday with the premičre of the new TLC show, Prison Diaries. The first episode of the series focuses on Emilia Carr, one of just 63 women on death row in the U.S. Carr is seen in ankle chains and handcuffs, led by a burly, fully-armed female guard as she leaves her cell. She wears bright orange overalls and trainers, her long, dark hair allowed to fall around her hunched shoulders.
  • Perry Delivers on Texas Death Penalty

    08/28/2011 5:09:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    As Texas governor, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry has presided over 234 executions. It's a record number, which, The Washington Post reported last week, bestows on Perry "a law-and-order credential that none of his competitors can match -- even if they wanted to." Watch how pundits will try to turn that statistic into a political negative -- and paint Perry as the governor with blood on his spurs -- even though American voters overwhelmingly support the death penalty. The temptation to tout Texas' status as the state with the most executions will prove too seductive. It won't matter that, as...
  • Legally killed: 21 dementia victims given lethal injections by Dutch doctors in 2010

    06/30/2011 8:59:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 125 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 29, 2011 | Mail Foreign Service
    Dementia sufferers are being killed by doctors in Holland under the country’s euthanasia laws, official figures are to reveal. A total of 21 patients with early-stage dementia, including Alzheimer’s, died by lethal injection last year, according to a forthcoming annual report. This is the first time dementia sufferers have been included in the country’s euthanasia statistics. None of the cases is thought to have involved any illegal act on the part of health professionals, and each time the patient was considered capable of giving their consent. But the figures have caused alarm among critics who say the pool of patients...
  • Mississippi set to execute man for murder of four people

    05/10/2011 6:54:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 5/10/2011
    Mississippi is set to execute later on Tuesday a man convicted in 1999 of slaying four people, the first inmate in the state to be put to death using a new drug as part of the lethal injection. Benny Joe Stevens is scheduled to be executed shortly after 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday, according to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. He will be executed using the drug pentobarbital, a sedative often used to euthanize animals, because of a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental. Several states have switched to pentobarbital because of the shortage.
  • Justice Department Pursues 'Strange' Probe of Execution Drug (a de facto freeze of executions)

    05/08/2011 11:16:37 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | may 8, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has launched a quiet campaign over the past two months to seize from local officials a key drug used in lethal injections -- part of a spreading investigation that has contributed to a de facto death penalty freeze in several states. The investigation stems from concerns about the overseas source of the drug, though some question whether those concerns make a handy excuse to slow the pace of executions. "States have death penalty laws, and the federal government is trying to make it harder for the states to execute those laws," Saunders said.
  • S.C. inmate put to death with new drug combo

    05/08/2011 9:36:44 AM PDT · by upchuck · 15 replies
    Ass Pest/Aiken Standard ^ | May 8, 2011 | Jeffrey Collins
    South Carolina on Friday executed a man who strangled his cellmate, using a new combination of lethal injection drugs for the first time. Jeffrey Motts, 36, was declared dead at 6:17 p.m. He was given the sedative pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental as part of the lethal three-drug combination because federal agents seized the state's supply as part of a nationwide investigation into whether prisons obtained the drugs legally from England. Motts was sentenced to death for killing his cellmate at a state prison in Greenville County in 2005. He was already serving a life sentence for killing two elderly...
  • Texas executes first inmate using drug used on animals

    05/03/2011 5:54:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    reuters ^ | May 3, 2011 | Corrie MacLaggan
    (Reuters) - Texas on Tuesday carried out its first execution using a sedative often used to euthanize animals. Cary Kerr, 46, was put to death by lethal injection for the 2001 sexual assault and strangling of Pamela Horton. The new drug, pentobarbital, replaced sodium thiopental in Texas' three-drug execution protocol.
  • Obama tries to obstruct executions

    04/17/2011 6:33:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/17/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Obama well may have begun another undeclared war - this time on states that try to enforce their own death penalty laws - on the dubious grounds that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved drugs intended to kill convicted killers. On March 15, the Drug Enforcement Administration seized Georgia's supply of sodium thiopental, the first drug given under the three-drug lethal injection protocol used in most of the country's 34 death-penalty states. The DEA also asked Kentucky and Tennessee for their sodium thiopental to aid its investigation. Why? The DEA referred me to the Department of Justice,...
  • DEA Seizes Key Execution Drug in Georgia (WH Liberals Circumvent Death Penalty)

    03/16/2011 4:40:25 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 15, 2011 | Associated Press
    The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday seized the state of Georgia's supply of a key lethal injection drug less than two months after the state executed a man who unsuccessfully argued it was bought from a "fly-by-night" supplier in Britain. Agency spokesman Chuvalo Truesdell wouldn't elaborate on exactly why the DEA wanted to inspect Georgia's supply of sodium thiopental, a sedative that is part of a three-drug cocktail used in executions that has been in short supply since the sole U.S. manufacturer stopped making it. "We had questions about how the drug was imported to the U.S.," he said. "There...
  • NYT calls lethal injection cruel, skips rape/murder

    02/11/2011 4:13:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/11/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    The New York Times ran an editorial today about federal judge Jeremy Fogel and his ruling five years ago in Morales v. Tilton. Fogel, it notes, ordered California "to halt all executions after he found that the way it administered its lethal injection created too much risk that an inmate would suffer extreme pain." Quoth the edit: For legislators in state capitols considering whether to abolish the penalty, however, this case has done much more than that. It has documented how lethal injection can be cruel and unusual punishment when unprofessionally administered and how the culture of prisons breeds that...
  • Lack of lethal-injection drug means Florida must develop new execution procedure

    01/26/2011 6:30:56 AM PST · by greatdefender · 37 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Anthony Colarossi
    Executions of Florida death-row inmates could be on hold for months in the wake of a decision last week by an Illinois drug company to stop producing an anesthetic used in lethal injections here. Though no new executions are scheduled, the halt in production of the drug effectively means that the state will have to come up with a new procedure to kill inmates. And any new drug "cocktail" developed likely will result in legal challenges down the line. The drug in question is sodium thiopental, one of three used by Florida and many other states in the lethal-injection sequence....
  • AP Enterprise: FDA helps states get execution drug (AZ, CA)

    01/12/2011 3:09:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 1/11/11 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    The Food and Drug Administration, which has long maintained that it has nothing to do with drugs used in executions, has quietly helped Arizona and California obtain a scarce type of anesthetic so the states could continue putting inmates to death. The shortage of sodium thiopental has disrupted executions around the country. But newly released documents show the FDA helped import it from Britain. Most state prison systems use sodium thiopental to put inmates to sleep before administering pancuronium bromide, a paralyzing agent, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. But the drug has been in short supply since last...
  • State's condemned inmates dying in droves -- but not from executions

    01/05/2011 10:27:51 AM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/5/11 | Phillip Reese
    It's been five years since California executed a condemned inmate, a delay largely caused by a dispute over methods of lethal injection. Since then, 26 condemned inmates have died as a result of natural causes or suicide, state figures show. That's a much higher death rate than previous years, likely because condemned inmates are getting old as their appeals . . .
  • Death Row Inmate Executed Using Pentobarbital in Lethal Injection

    12/16/2010 9:27:55 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | December 16, 2010 | Divina Mims
    (CNN) -- An Oklahoma death row inmate received a drug commonly used to euthanize animals Thursday because of a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental, the drug usually used as the sedative in its three-drug execution cocktail. John David Duty was convicted and sentenced to die for strangling his 22-year-old cellmate, Curtis Wise, with shoe laces in 2001. At the time, he was serving three life sentences for rape, robbery and shooting with intent to kill from a 1978 conviction.
  • TENNESSEE: State high court OKs new lethal injection procedure

    11/25/2010 1:48:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 11/25/10 | Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press
    NASHVILLE - A prison warden will brush a hand over an inmate's eyelashes and gently shake the inmate to check for consciousness under a new lethal injection procedure that became necessary after a judge ruled the old one was unconstitutional, the attorney general said Wednesday. Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled last week that Tennessee's process "allows for death by suffocation while conscious," in an appeal filed by inmate Stephen Michael West, who was convicted of two murders in 1986. Now it will be up to the warden to make sure the condemned inmate is unconscious, including calling out the person's name....
  • Tenn. judge rules against injections in execution of death row inmate method is unconstitutional

    11/20/2010 1:21:18 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 37 replies
    Knoxnews ^ | 11/19/2010 | Knoxnews
    NASHVILLE - A Davidson County judge ruled Friday that the state's lethal injection method is unconstitutional, paving the way for a delay in the execution of death row inmate Stephen Michael West. A final decision on the issue will be made by the state Supreme Court, which technically must issue a stay for the execution to be delayed. Sharon Curtis-Flair, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general, said an appeal is likely. Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled that West's lawyers showed that Tennessee's lethal injection procedure "allows for death by suffocation while conscious."
  • Oklahoma to consider executing death row inmates with drugs vets use to put down animals

    11/10/2010 8:57:04 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 91 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 8:39 AM on 10th November 2010 | Daniel Bates
    The state of Oklahoma is planning to execute death row inmates with drugs intended for use on animals. Lawmakers want to switch away from the only brand of anaesthetic that has been used in the US for lethal injections because there is not enough to go around. The replacement is likely to attract controversy because it is currently used by vets to anesthetise animals for operations. Other states are watching closely and may well follow suit, but such a move is likely to face a challenge from human rights groups to ensure that it is safe to use.
  • Arizona's Jeffrey Landrigan executed despite concerns drugs not FDA-approved _

    10/27/2010 10:10:10 AM PDT · by managusta · 54 replies · 2+ views
    NY Daily news ^ | 10/27/2010 | Aliyah Shahid
    The state of Arizona executed a convicted murderer on Tuesday night despite objections from attorneys that the state would use a non-approved drug from overseas for the lethal injection. Just hours before Jeffrey Landrigan's death, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to lift a stay issued by a federal judge to halt the execution. "There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe," the Supreme Court said Due to a U.S. shortage, the state turned to a non-FDA approved drug. It was later revealed that the source was the U.K., although...
  • State obtains new supply of lethal injection drug (way to go, California)

    10/06/2010 9:25:00 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 9 replies
    Mercury News ^ | Oct 6, 2010 | Paul Elias
    State obtains new supply of lethal injection drug SAN FRANCISCO—Prison officials obtained a drug essential to the lethal injection process the day after canceling California's first execution in nearly five years partly due to a shortage of that very drug, a court filing stated Wednesday. The state Attorney General's office told U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel it obtained 12 grams of sodium thiopental last Thursday, the same day Albert Greenwood Brown was to be executed. But the execution was called off the day before when the Attorney General's office said a state Supreme Court ruling and its apparent drug...
  • Some US executions held up by shortage of drug

    09/27/2010 1:25:18 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies
    hosted ^ | Sep 27
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Some executions in the U.S. have been put on hold because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections from coast to coast. Several of the 35 states that rely on lethal injection are either scrambling to find sodium thiopental - an anesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious - or considering using another drug. But both routes are strewn with legal or ethical roadblocks. The shortage delayed an Oklahoma execution last month and led Kentucky's governor to postpone the signing of death warrants for two inmates. Arizona is trying to get...
  • About that first woman executed in US in 5 years …

    09/24/2010 12:43:52 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 22 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/24/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    OK, the story is all over the Old Media edifice: forty-one-year-old Teresa Lewis has become "the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years." Every news outlet from TV and cable, to newspapers, to radio, to the Internet is using this line, this "the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years" line. They are all playing the same narrative. So, here's the question I have. How exactly can anyone be the "first" anything "in five years"? Doesn't the whole "in five years" presuppose that someone else came first? See, the one "five years"...
  • Virginia to Execute Woman for 1st Time in 98 Years

    09/12/2010 1:37:11 PM PDT · by Justaham · 34 replies
    aolnews.com ^ | 9-12-10
    Barring intervention from the governor or Supreme Court, the state of Virginia plans to execute a woman later this month for the first time in nearly a century. Teresa Lewis, a 41-year-old grandmother with such a low IQ that she's classified as borderline mentally retarded, is set to die by lethal injection on Sept. 23. She'll be the state's first female prisoner put to death in 98 years. Lewis pleaded guilty to hiring two men to murder her husband and stepson in their trailer in Virginia's rural Pittsylvania county in 2002, in order to collect life insurance money. She took...
  • CA: State's new execution plan is challenged in court

    08/02/2010 4:10:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 3+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/2/10 | Carol J. Williams
    A death row inmate convicted of the 1985 torture and murder of a pizza deliveryman in Glendale asked a court Monday to strike down the state's newly revised execution procedures as illegal and likely to inflict excruciating pain if used on any of California's 700-plus condemned prisoners. The lawsuit filed by Mitchell Sims, 50, alleges that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation rushed through revisions of the lethal injection procedures and deliberately sought to shut the public out of the process. Corrections officials approved the changes one day before a May 1 deadline and sent them to the Office...
  • Ohio man executed for fire deaths of 5 children

    07/13/2010 9:22:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies
    hosted ^ | Jul 13
    LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man said he was "heartily sorry" before he was executed Tuesday for the murders of five children in a 1992 Cincinnati apartment fire he set in an attempt to destroy evidence of a burglary. William Garner, 37, died by lethal injection at 10:38 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility....
  • Ohio executes hitchhiker who shot 3 drivers in '83

    05/13/2010 8:50:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 769+ views
    hosted ^ | May 13 | JULIE CARR SMYTH
    LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio executed a hitchhiker Thursday who admitted to killing one motorist who gave him a ride and shooting two others during a three-week string of shootings that terrorized the Cincinnati area in 1983. Michael Beuke, 48, died by lethal injection at 10:53 a.m. EDT at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, about 90 minutes after the Ohio Supreme Court turned down his final appeal.....
  • CA: State moves closer to resuming executions

    01/06/2010 6:20:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 385+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 1/6/10 | Scott Smith
    The state released its revised lethal injection guidelines Tuesday, inching one step closer to resuming executions in California, beginning with Stockton's Michael Angelo Morales. The changes follow a June public hearing when death penalty foes from around the world converged on Sacramento to speak out against the procedure. They also mailed in more than 8,000 letters addressing the protocol. The public now has until Jan. 20 to comment on the changes. The 25-page document indicates small revisions, from defining a "chaplain" and the "lethal injection room" to clarifying that the curtains remain open in the execution chamber until after the...
  • Ohio executes inmate with 1-drug lethal injection

    12/08/2009 11:03:02 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,095+ views
    hosted ^ | Dec 8 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    Ohio executed a killer Tuesday by performing the nation's first lethal injection using a single drug, a supposedly less painful method than previous executions that required three drugs. Kenneth Biros was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday, about 10 minutes after one dose of thiopental sodium began flowing into his veins at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. The U.S. Supreme Court had rejected his final appeal about two hours before. Experts predicted the thiopental sodium would take longer to kill the 51-year-old Biros than the convention three-drug cocktail, but the 10 minutes it apparently took him to die...