An Execution in Nebraska…

After a 40-year crusade, a state lawmaker succeeded in getting Nebraska to ban the death penalty in 2015. Why, then, did the state execute a prisoner this month? A Podcast from the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/podcasts/the-daily/nebraska-death-penalty-execution.html 

One Third of States with the Death Penalty Don’t Use It

Nearly one third of all states that still have a death penalty system have not used it in at least a decade. There are 31 states, plus the federal government and military that still allow the death penalty. Of the inactive states, New Hampshire has gone the longest without an execution with their last dating […]

Amnesty International Issues Report on the Death Penalty in Florida

A new report by Amnesty International says Florida‘s approach to redressing the nearly 400 unconstitutional non-unanimous death sentences imposed in the state has deepened its status as an outlier on death-penalty issues by “add[ing] an extra layer of arbitrariness to [the state’s] already discriminatory and error-prone capital justice system.” The report, released on August 23, […]

Questions surround what happened in 14 minutes witnesses were blocked from seeing Nebraska execution

by JoANNE YOUNG of Lincoln Journal Star Aug 19, 2018 Whether the execution of Carey Dean Moore in Nebraska with a unique set of drugs went smoothly or not has been left to speculation, not only in the state but around the country — subject to the spin of opponents and supporters alike. Members of the media […]

New Neuroscience Research Suggests Age Limit for Death-Penalty Eligibility May be Too Low

When the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty for juvenile offenders in 2005 in Roper v. Simmons, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion for the Court acknowledged the inherent arbitrariness in selecting an age cutoff. “The qualities that distinguish juveniles from adults do not disappear when an individual turns 18,” he wrote. “However, a line must […]

Fox Commentator: Oklahoma “Frontier Justice” Has Produced “Wretched Record” of Wrongful Capital Convictions

Calling Oklahoma “the notorious home of ‘Hang ‘Em High’ executions,” conservative commentator and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin (pictured) has urged the state to adopt sytemic reforms to address its “wretched record on wrongful convictions.” Malkin says that despite 35 exonerations in the last 25 years—including 7 death-row exonerations—and a “reign of prosecutorial terror and […]

Drugmaker Sues Nebraska, as 15 Death-Penalty States Oppose Ruling Blocking Use of Drugs in Nevada

Less than a month after a Nevada court halted the execution of Scott Dozier in response to a lawsuit filed by generic-drug manufacturer Alvogen, another drug company has sued Nebraska, seeking to block the use of its medicines in an upcoming execution. The German-based pharmaceutical company Fresenius Kabi filed suit in Nebraska federal court on […]

Pope Francis Formally Changes Catholic Church Stance on Death Penalty, Calling It “Inadmissible”

Pope Francis (pictured) has formally changed the official Catholic Church teaching on the death penalty, calling capital punishment “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and deeming it “inadmissible” in all cases. The Vatican’s August 2, 2018 announcement that it had revised its Catechism—the Church’s official compilation of teachings on a wide […]