Arkansas, Nevada Obtain New Supplies of Drugs, Plan to Carry Out Two Questionable Executions

The states of Arkansas and Nevada have announced that they have obtained new supplies of execution drugs that will permit them to carry out two executions in what critics have called questionable circumstances. On August 4, Arkansas obtained a supply of midaozlam—the controversial drug used in botched executions in at least four states—paying $250 in […]

Ohio Executes Ronald Phillips, Resumes Executions After 3½-Year Pause

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After a hiatus of 3½ years, Ohio resumed executions on July 26, putting Ronald Phillips (pictured, photo by the Forgiveness Fountation) to death with a three-drug combination of the sedative midazolam, the paralytic drug rocuronium bromide, and the heart-stopping drug potassium chloride. Phillips was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m. It was the state’s first execution […]

In Lawsuit Settlement, Arizona to End Automatic Solitary Confinement for Death-Row Prisoners

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Arizona will soon end its policy of automatically and indefinitely incarcerating death-row prisoners in solitary confinement, joining a growing number of states to ease draconian conditions on their state death rows. Arizona’s action is part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit filed against the Department of Corrections (DOC) by death-row prisoner Scott Nordstrom (pictured), […]

Seattle Times Urges End to Washington’s “Zombie” Death Penalty

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End costly limbo and repeal the death penalty By Seattle Times editorial board Originally published May 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm Updated May 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm The state Supreme Court again passed on a chance to overturn the death penalty. It is up to the Legislature — if it has the courage to put […]

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Florida Supreme Court Orders Exoneration of Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. The Florida Supreme Court has directed that Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. (pictured) be acquitted of the murder charges for which he was sentenced to death in 2014, making him the 159th person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973. On May 11, […]

Review Commission Report: Oklahoma Death Penalty Cases Cost Triple That Of Non-Capital Cases

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An independent study of the costs of seeking and imposing the death penalty in Oklahoma, prepared for the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission, has concluded that seeking the death penalty in Oklahoma “incurs significantly more time, effort, and costs on average, as compared to when the death penalty is not sought in first degree murder […]

Former Prosecutor on Trial on Charges that His Misconduct Led to Wrongful Execution of Cameron Willingham

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John Jackson, the former Navarro County, Texas prosecutor and judge, is on trial for ethics violations in the 1992 capital trial of Cameron Todd Willingham (pictured), which many believe led to the execution of an innocent man. Willingham was convicted of arson and murder and sentenced to death in connection with the house fire that […]

Arkansas Prisoners, Asserting Their Innocence, File Requests for DNA Testing

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Two Arkansas death-row prisoners who are scheduled be executed on April 20 have asked the Arkansas courts to stay their executions to permit DNA testing in their cases. Stacey Johnson (pictured, l.) and Ledell Lee (pictured, r.) both say they did not commit the crimes for which they were sentenced to death, and both say […]

State and Federal Courts Grant Stays, Preliminary Injunctions Blocking 8 Arkansas Executions

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In legal challenges filed separately by Arkansas death-row prisoners and a company involved in the distribution of pharmaceuticals, the Arkansas state and federal courts issued preliminary injunctions putting on hold the state’s plan to carry out an unprecedented eight executions in the span of eleven days. After a four-day evidentiary hearing that ended late in […]

Some conservatives in Georgia are fighting to abolish the death penalty

Following the launch of the Georgia Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, several more media outlets have reported on the newfound momentum in Georgia. Baker Owens of Insider Advantage Georgia reported, A group of conservatives gathered at the Gold Dome last week to announce the formation of a state group aimed at a seemingly unlikely […]