January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the scheduled execution of three death-row inmates in Oklahoma "pending final disposition of the case." This came after Oklahoma issued new protocol allowing for alternative drug combinations to be used in executions. One of the drugs used is midazolam, ...[read more]
January 24, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or less to live ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced concern over the continued use of the death penalty in Southeast Asia as punishment for drug-related crimes. Drug-related crimes are punishable by death in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand ...[read more]
January 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Brazil and the Netherlands on Sunday recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after an Indonesian firing sqaud executed six convicted drug traffickers, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign leaders. The executions took place in Jakarta, Indonesia and are the ...[read more]
January 18, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Mellouli v. Holder the court heard arguments on whether the government should be required to prove a connection between a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance as defined by congress in order ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) announced Thursday that it is revising its execution protocol to no longer use the two-drug combination that caused the troubling 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire last January. Ohio was scrutinized after the state executed McGuire with ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Four death row inmates filed a complaint on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663, a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the persons involved in executing a sentence of ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced a plan to end the practice of indefinitely banning men who have ever engaged in sexual acts with other men from donating blood. "With greater knowledge of HIV, the 31-year practice is no longer the most scientifically practical means ...[read more]

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