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New Republic Runs Photos of Autopsy From Botched Florida Lethal Injection

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 …

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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 …

French doctor acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections

A French doctor has been acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to seven terminally ill patients. Coming a day after France's top administrative court ordered an end to the treatment of a comatose man – a decision later blocked by the European court of human rights – the …

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: Three Men Await Their Fate on Death Row This Month

U.S. news<p>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 …

Guardian challenges lethal injection secrecy in landmark Missouri lawsuit

The growing secrecy adopted by death penalty states to hide the source of their lethal injection drugs used in executions is being challenged in a new lawsuit in Missouri, which argues that the American people have a right to know how the ultimate punishment is being carried out in their name.<p>The …

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 …

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 …

Missouri governor refuses to stay execution despite injection controversy

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Monday that he doesn't see any reason to halt the execution of an inmate whose attorneys claim he could suffer during the lethal injection because of a rare medical condition.<p>Russell Bucklew, who was convicted of killing a southeast Missouri man during a crime spree …

Lethal Injection Stay Denied for Inmate with Rare Birth Defect

A federal judge denied a request to stay the execution of Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew on Monday. Bucklew’s lawyers had argued a rare …

Missouri set for first US execution since botched Oklahoma lethal injection

The state of Missouri was preparing on Tuesday to carry out the first execution in the US after the botched judicial killing of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma, in which the prisoner suffered a gruesome death lasting 43 minutes.<p>With just hours to go before Russell Bucklew, 46, was due to be put to …

Supreme court blocks Missouri execution in night of tense legal drama

The execution of a Missouri death row inmate was put on hold on Tuesday night after a stay was granted, lifted and then reinstated by successive court rulings.<p>Earlier on Tuesday a federal appeals court had initially granted a 60-day stay of execution for Russell Bucklew, a Missouri death row inmate …

Supreme Court Halts Missouri Lethal Injection Execution

The Supreme Court stepped in and halted the execution of a Missouri inmate on Wednesday. Death-row prisoner Russell Bucklew challenged his execution …

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

<i>"The shot heard 'round the world."</i><p>Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase in his "Concord Hymn" to refer to the start of the American Revolution. Then it was used to describe the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which launched the globe into its first world war. Could the newest "shot heard …

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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 …

Federal Court Stays Execution of Texas Killer Robert Campbell

U.S. news<p>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 …

Death Row

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 …

Delaware lacks lethal injection drugs needed to execute death row inmates

Delaware has 17 condemned prisoners facing the death penalty, but no means of executing any of them.<p>Like other states, Delaware prison officials have found it difficult to get the drugs used in lethal injections because major manufacturers several years ago began prohibiting the use of their …

Oklahoma Injected Lethal Drugs Into Its Death-Row Convicts”“After They Were Executed

The state of Ok­lahoma in­jec­ted ex­ecuted con­victs with leth­al drugs for “dis­pos­al pur­poses,” newly pub­lished state re­cords show.<p>The macabre …

Death Row

Oklahoma delays two executions amid lethal drugs shortage

An Oklahoma court postponed the executions of two inmates on Tuesday because it lacks the drugs required to put them to death.<p>The decision comes one day after the state said it has run out of the lethal drugs needed to conduct an execution. State lawyers were fighting to keep the scheduled …

US pharmacists urged not to give lethal drugs to states for executions

Several human rights and anti-death penalty groups have asked the American Pharmacists Association to prohibit members from participating in executions, a request that comes as states increasingly turn to pharmacists for lethal injection drugs.<p>The groups, which include Amnesty International, 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 …

Texas prison officials offer little proof of threats to lethal injection drugmakers

Texas prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply the state with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public.<p>If those officials are investigating the threats, including a suggestion a truck bomb could blow …

Texas executions stayed by federal judge over state's lethal drug source

A federal judge in Houston has stopped two imminent Texas executions because state officials refused to reveal key details about the drugs to be used to put the inmates to death.<p>District judge Vanessa Gilmore issued a temporary injunction on Wednesday ordering Texas to provide the lawyers …

Oklahoma to proceed with lethal injection amid confusion within courts

Oklahoma plans to kill Clayton Lockett by lethal injection on Tuesday, after judges could not agree which court has the authority to stay his execution amid questions over the constitutionality of the state’s capital punishment law.<p>The Oklahoma court of criminal appeals and the state supreme court …

Deadly Grocery Holdup, Armed With Lethal Injection

It may be a new weapon to strike fear in store clerks around the world: a grocer in Colombia has died days after two individuals injected him with an …

Injection Worries Halt Executions