Weekly News Round-Up: 12/15/14 – 12/19/14

Report: Executions Down Nationwide… More Gruesome Details Revealed In Clayton Lockett Execution in Oklahoma…Ohio Legislature Passes Lethal Injection Secrecy Bill…Tn State Supreme Court Hearing Arguments To Release Executioners’ Identities… Tx Judge Rules State Must Reveal Execution Drug Makers… Death Penalty’s High Cost Stopping Executions

And don’t miss our “OUTRAGE OF THE CENTURY!” and “Quote of the Week”

REPORT: EXECUTIONS DOWN NATIONWIDE

  • US Executions at lowest level in 20 years; 80% of all 2014 executions in Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. [Associated Press, 12/18/14; MSNBC, 12/18/14]

OK: MORE GRUESOME DETAILS REVEALED IN CLAYTON LOCKETT EXECUTION

  • OK: Lockett’s execution was “bloody mess” and “like a horror movie” revealed newly public witness testimony of OK inmate Clayton Lockett’s April 29th execution. These new details were revealed in a court filing last Friday by lawyers for 21 OK Death Row inmates who are claiming that after Lockett’s botched execution, their upcoming executions could constitute cruel and unusual punishment. [Tulsa World, 12/14/14]

    • Lockett probably felt sensation of “liquid fire” during execution testified Anesthesiologist David Lubarsky in hearings for case brought about by OK Death Row inmates concerned that state’s current execution method constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. [Time, 12/18/14]
    • Lockett was “definitely experiencing pain” and probably “suffering”; drug combination used in execution was “poor choice,” Dr. Larry Sasich testified. [Associated Press, 12/19/14]
    • OK DOC Lawyer said he felt “pressure” to get executions done on time even though state lacked right lethal injection drug. [Associated Press, 12/19/14]

OH: LEGISLATURE PASSES LETHAL INJECTION SECRECY BILL…

  • OH: Full legislature passed bill to keep lethal injection drugs, manufacturers, procedures and execution team publicly sealed for 20 years after an execution – Governor expected to sign. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/17/14]

….TN: STATE SUPREME COURT HEARS ARUGMENTS TO RELEASE EXECUTIONERS’ IDENTITIES…

  • TN Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether identities of executioners should be released as Death Row inmates question constitutionality of their upcoming executions. [Tennessean, 12/18/14]

…WHILE TX JUDGE RULES STATE MUST REVEAL EXECUTION DRUG MAKERS

TX: Judge ruled that name of lethal injection drug compounding source in Texas is public record and ordered it released. Texas used to release the names but changed course in May. However, since the ruling is expected to be appealed, names are not expected to be released soon. [AP, 12/12/14]

DEATH PENALTY’S HIGH COST STOPPING EXECUTIONS

  • Marshall Project: Executions, death penalty cases in steep decline due to high costs of executions. New research from the Marshall Project shows small towns and cities opting out of the pursuing death penalty for murder defendants because of the high cost and expense of trying death penalty cases. [Slate, 12/17/14]

OUTRAGE OF THE CENTURY!

Judge throws out teen’s murder conviction 70 years after his execution at age 14 – was so small, had to sit on book for his electrocution. According to the Washington Post, “When George Stinney Jr. was executed for the killings of two white girls in 1944, he was so small that the straps of South Carolina’s electric chair didn’t fit him properly, and he had to sit on a book for his electrocution. Stinney was just 14 years old at the time and became the youngest person put to death in the United States in the 20th century. But Wednesday, 70 years after the fact, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen tossed out his conviction, which was reached after a trial that didn’t even last a full day and was never appealed.” [Washington Post, 12/17/14]

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“No matter where you look, you’re going to find more and more failures with the death penalty…This is not a system that many people want to support when they find out really how broken and really disgusting it can be.” – Marc Hyden, Advocacy Coordinator, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty [MSNBC, 12/18/14]

Source:: National Coalition to End the Death Penalty