April 14, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Tennessee Supreme Court has postponed the execution of four inmates on death row as it decides whether current protocols are constitutional, effectively halting all executions in the state. Once the constitutional issues are decided, the court "shall exercise its authority to set new dates of ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal ...[read more]
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 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]
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]
May 15, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett of the University of Virginia School of Law comments on the recent problems with botched lethal injections being administered for purposed of imposing the death penalty ... "We're going to close the blinds temporarily," the Oklahoma corrections officer ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate just hours before he was to be put to death in order to review his claim that he is intellectually disabled. Robert James Campbell, a 41-year-old convicted rapist and murderer, was to be the ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Oklahoma County District Court ruled Wednesday that the state’s law preventing death row inmates from obtaining information about the drugs used in lethal injections violates the Oklahoma constitution. Judge Patricia Parrish found that the Oklahoma law, which keeps the identities of ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Thursday the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill that would require information related to suppliers of drugs used in lethal injections to be kept confidential, citing current difficulties obtaining the drugs. The bill is being pushed by the Alabama Department of Corrections, and ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The prolonged execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire on Thursday has stirred a controversy over new drugs used to administer lethal injections. McGuire was convicted in 1994 of raping and murdering a 22-year-old girl in 1989 and lost his appeal to the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1997. Earlier ...[read more]

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