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BBC Three's Life and Death Row: Meet the Texas prisoner who wants to die

<b>This is Daniel Lopez, a 27-year-old on death row in Texas, USA. He wants to be executed by lethal injection.</b><p>His own legal team is arguing for him not to die, worried that he's mentally unstable and using the justice system as a form of suicide. But he's having none of it.<p>He's been waiting more than …

Death penalty: Parents of murder victim oppose killer’s execution

Last in a series on issues pertaining to the death penalty in Pennsylvania.<p>Vicki and Sylvester Schieber both come from the Midwest and grew up in …

University of Pennsylvania

A Death Row Inmate's Haunting Observation Hours Before Execution

"More people have said, 'What can I do to help you?' in the last 14 hours of my life than they ever did in the first 19 years."<p>As a death row attorney whom Desmond Tutu has called "America's young Nelson Mandela," Bryan Stevenson has worked with people who most of society has already cast aside. …

Podcast: Is the death penalty unconstitutional?

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual …

Eighth Amendment

How Lethal Injection Works

Virtually all of the 32 American states that allow the death penalty rely on a deadly chemical cocktail to slowly and quietly kill the condemned. But …

Death Row

Ohio to increase lethal injection drug dosages after execution leads to lawsuit

Ohio said Monday it's boosting the dosages of its lethal injection drugs even as it stands by the January execution of an inmate who made unusual snorting and gasping sounds that led to a civil rights lawsuit by his family and calls for a moratorium.<p>The state's new policy considerably increases the …

Texas prison officials ordered to reveal source of lethal injection drugs

A judge has ordered Texas prison officials to reveal the supplier of the lethal injection drugs to be used to execute two men next month, but stopped short of making the information public.<p>The ruling in a district court in Austin on Thursday came after attorneys for the men filed a lawsuit against …

Oklahoma faces lethal drug shortage as death row inmates seek further delay

Oklahoma does not have all of the lethal drugs necessary to carry out an execution set for this week, the state attorney general said Monday, and the prisons agency says the law prevents the state from switching to electrocution or firing squad.<p>Despite the drug shortage, lawyers for the state are …

Federal Court Stays Execution of Texas Killer Robert Campbell

A federal appeals court delayed the execution of Texas death row inmate Robert James Campbell two hours before he was scheduled to receive a lethal injection Tuesday evening.<p>The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Campbell, 41, should have more time to press his argument that a low IQ …

Injecting Lethal Drugs Into Death Row Convicts–After They've Been Executed

Officials have said the practice follows appropriate protocol.<p>The state of Oklahoma injected executed convicts with lethal drugs for "disposal purposes," newly published state records show.<p>The macabre practice, first reported Tuesday by <i>The Colorado Independent</i>, could tamper with postmortem …

Creator of Lethal Injection Method: 'I Don't See Anything That Is More Humane'

Dr. Jay Chapman is often called the “father of lethal injection.” The three-drug combination used in virtually every state with capital punishment …

Why the US constitution gives you the right to know lethal injection's secrets

In the panic and fear that followed the 9/11 attacks, the US government went into ultra-secret mode. In the name of protecting national security, prosecutors asked judges to close criminal proceedings involving terrorism, even though they had always been presumed to be open to the public – and the …

Lethal Injection: Three Men Await Their Fate on Death Row This Month

In the wake of controversial lethal injections, executions are temporarily on hold in two states: Oklahoma and Ohio.<p>Nationwide, no one has been put to death since Clayton Lockett, whose April 29 execution was so badly botched the White House ordered a review of state protocols.<p>But three condemned …

Georgia carries out first US execution since botched Oklahoma lethal injection

A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder has become the first person to be executed in the US since the botched lethal injection of a prisoner in Oklahoma in April.<p>Marcus Wellons, 59, was killed by injection on Tuesday night after last-minute appeals were denied. A corrections spokesman said …

Ohio shields interviews with execution workers

Ohio is shielding interviews its attorneys conducted with about 20 prison employees involved in the January execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted as he was put to death.<p>Lawyers with the attorney general's office, which would normally represent state workers sued for on-the-job …

Lethal injection photos: New Republic runs images from autopsy of executed convict.

A just-posted piece by<i>The New Republic</i> about the botched 2006 lethal injection of Angel Diaz in Florida includes graphic photographs from Diaz's …