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May 23, 2014
There are states that allow inmates to choose, but it is a very different matter for a state to impose a method like electrocution. No other state has gone so far.
Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center • Discussing Tennessee’s decision to reinstate the electric chair as a form of execution, as avenues have closed for obtaining lethal injection drugs legally. The state’s Republican governor, Bill Haslam, signed the bill into law on Thursday.
10:21 // 5 months ago
April 29, 2014
kohenari:

Here is your death penalty, America:

The execution of Clayton Lockett has failed and the execution of Charles Warner has been stayed.
There was vein failure and the execution wasn’t able to be carried out. Lockett suffered a heart attack and died.
Warner’s execution has been stayed for 14 days.

From a second source:

[Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert] Patton halted Lockett’s execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He says there was a vein failure.
Lockett was writhing on the gurney and shaking uncontrollably.

So, in the wake of this botched execution and before they try again in two weeks, let’s hear all about how lethal injection is a humane way to get our revenge. And, by all means, let’s hear more about how states shouldn’t have to disclose what drugs they’re using or where they got them.
And let’s not pretend that strapping these men down and injecting them full of poison would have been less barbaric if it had all gone according to plan.

Just … awful. If this doesn’t raise questions, I don’t know what will. It’s worth noting that no doctor would touch a death penalty case. If a situation like this angers you, you may want to learn more about a campaign to change the ethics code for pharmacists to discourage them for making these kinds of drug cocktails.

kohenari:

Here is your death penalty, America:

The execution of Clayton Lockett has failed and the execution of Charles Warner has been stayed.

There was vein failure and the execution wasn’t able to be carried out. Lockett suffered a heart attack and died.

Warner’s execution has been stayed for 14 days.

From a second source:

[Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert] Patton halted Lockett’s execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He says there was a vein failure.

Lockett was writhing on the gurney and shaking uncontrollably.

So, in the wake of this botched execution and before they try again in two weeks, let’s hear all about how lethal injection is a humane way to get our revenge. And, by all means, let’s hear more about how states shouldn’t have to disclose what drugs they’re using or where they got them.

And let’s not pretend that strapping these men down and injecting them full of poison would have been less barbaric if it had all gone according to plan.

Just … awful. If this doesn’t raise questions, I don’t know what will. It’s worth noting that no doctor would touch a death penalty case. If a situation like this angers you, you may want to learn more about a campaign to change the ethics code for pharmacists to discourage them for making these kinds of drug cocktails.

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July 22, 2013

Federal government investigates convictions made based on hair samples

  • 2,000 the number of convictions, made based on hair sample evidence between 1985 and 2000, that will be re-examined by the federal government based on accusations that the evidence was inaccurately used or exaggerated by analysts. Many of the convictions affected involve the death penalty; some of those convicted have already died in prison. source
0:14 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2013

Texas poised to cross major(ly depressing) milestone next week

  • 500 The number of inmates Texas will have executed, since the death penalty was reinstated back in 1976, should officials choose to move forward with the planned execution of 52-year-old Kimberly McCarthy next Wednesday. McCarthy is scheduled to receive a lethal injection for murdering her neighbor in 1997, though several Texas attorneys have requested a stay of execution on her behalf. source
14:48 // 1 year ago
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11:23 // 1 year ago