Botched Execution News
Lawyers: Execution could be 'gruesome' due to rare condition
The attorney for a condemned Missouri inmate says the man faces a potentially "gruesome and painful" execution because of a rare medical condition that compromises the man's veins and causes multiple tumors in his head and throat
Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions
Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen to execute inmates once the state resumes use of the death penalty, making it the first in the U.S. to use the gas to carry out capital punishment
Timeline: What led to Arkansas' double execution
When Arkansas carried out death sentences for two inmates on Monday evening, it was part of the state's controversial plan to execute eight people by the end of the month, when its supply of a drug used in the process of lethal injection reaches its expiration date. It was the first double
Nebraska Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty
Nebraska State Sen. Colby Coash discusses his state legislature's move to end the death penalty.
The Drug at the Center of the Supreme Court Case on Lethal Injections
The U.S. Supreme Court is again grappling with the death penalty by examining the effectiveness of the drugs used to put prisoners to death in Oklahoma. Justices heard arguments today from the lawyers of three Oklahoma death-row inmates who want to outlaw the use of midazolam in the three- drug
Oklahoma Officials Want Changes After Troubled Execution
Clayton Darrell Lockett took more than 45 minutes to die after getting lethal injection drugs April 29.
The Note: Foley Video on the Campaign Trail
By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) NOTABLES SENATE CAMPAIGN USES PHOTO OF JAMES FOLEY’S EXECUTIONER. In a video posted to his campaign’s YouTube account Monday, New Mexico Senate candidate Allen Weh uses a brief still image of American journalist James Foley’s executioner. The image of Foley’s executioner,...
Oklahoma Sued for Drawing the Blinds on Botched Execution
Prompted by the botched execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett, the ACLU today filed a lawsuit alleging that state prison officials violated reporters’ First Amendment rights when they drew the shade nearly 30 minutes before Lockett’s death. “Because of the State’s use of...
What We Don’t Know About Lethal Injection Drugs
The prolonged execution of Joseph Wood has spotlighted the secrecy surrounding drugs used for lethal injection. Wood, a convicted murderer, died Wednesday nearly two hours after receiving what authorities said was a 50-milligram dose of both the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.
Convicted Murderer's Execution in Arizona Goes Wrong
Joseph Wood took nearly two hours to die after being given a lethal injection.