September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Tuesday hosted an event to bring attention to the issue of maritime drug smuggling taking place across international waters, urging prosecution of offenders. There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of heroin and other drugs by sea to Africa, ...[read more]
August 3, 2014
by William Helbling
Journalists on Friday criticized the passage of a new law which restricts crime reporting within the state of Sinaloa, located in northwestern Mexico. The legislation prohibits journalists from documenting a crime scene using audio or video, essentially requiring journalists to rely on ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Supreme Court vacated a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, granting a conditional preliminary injunction in the execution of an Arizona death row inmate. The Ninth Circuit stayed the inmate's execution on Sunday, refusing to allow the execution to move forward until ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by William Hibbitts
West African governments should decriminalize drug use and treat it as a public health issue, according to a report published Thursday by the West Africa Commission on Drugs. The report also recommends that governments try to confront corruption so that traffickers cannot exploit corrupt ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Department of Justice on Tuesday announced support for a proposal that could reduce the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders in federal prisons. Attorney General Eric Holder requested that the proposed law be applied retroactively to felons who lacked significant criminal histories and ...[read more]
June 9, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Spiropoulos of the Oklahoma City University School of Law discusses the tactical strategies of all parties involved in the Oklahoma Courts' death penalty decisions ... On April 28, Oklahoma's execution by lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett went ...[read more]
May 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ordered a temporary moratorium on executions in Ohio on Wednesday. The stay is intended to allow attorneys time to complete discovery and other legal preparations pertaining to Ohio's new execution protocol, which would increase ...[read more]
May 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill's ...[read more]

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