Weekly News Roundup 1/5/15 – 1/9/15

Post-Botched Execution, Oklahoma Prepares For New Execution… Death Row Prisoner On Protest Hunger Strike… Indiana State Senator Proposes Bill To Abolish State’s Death Penalty… Death Penalty Rarer Anyway Though Execution Stays… Another Study Concludes Death Penalty Costs States Millions…And Icymi, Md Gov Commutes State’s Remaining Death Sentences

Have Ohio, Oklahoma Figured Out How To Avoid Botching Executions?

  • OH: Department of Corrections announces new lethal injection drug combination in attempt to prevent botching executions again, delays upcoming executions. [Time, 1/8/15]
  • OK: After major botched execution in April, state claims to be ready for next execution, has worked “very hard” to prepare. [AP, 1/8/15]

Death Row Prisoner Not Waiting Around To Find Out…

OK: Inmate, who maintains innocence, goes on hunger strike before his January 29th scheduled execution. [Time, 1/8/15]

Indiana State Senator Proposes Bill To Abolish State’s Death Penalty

  • IN: State Senator Lonnie Randolph proposes bill to repeal Indiana’s death penalty and reduce punishments for those awaiting executions to life without parole – $166,400 per murder case in estimated savings by abolishing IN’s death penalty. [Time, 1/8/15]

Two More Stays Of Execution In Pennsylvania And Alabama…

  • PA: January 8 Execution of rapper Cool C (Christopher Douglas Roney) stayed by PA governor – rapper still maintains he is innocent of killing police officer. [WENN.com, 1/7/15]
  • AL: Federal judge ruled state cannot execute prisoner because his stay questioning the constitutionality of state’s execution drugs remains in place. [Associated Press, 1/5/15]

Another Study Concludes Death Penalty Costs States Millions…

  • WA: Study shows Death Penalty cases cost state $1 million extra over giving defendants life in prison. [AP, 1/7/15]

In Case You Missed It:

  • MD: Outgoing Governor Martin O’Malley commutes death sentences for remaining death row prisoners now that state death penalty is outlawed.

    • Russia Today: Quote by Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, “Hopefully Governor O’Malley’s actions can usher in a new era of leadership on the death penalty in 2015. We need and welcome more policymakers who will stand up and tell the truth about the real cost of capital punishment: It squanders our values, diminishes our humanity, and wastes precious public resources and energies on a policy that is demonstrably unworkable.” [Russia Today, 1/1/15]
    • WBAL Report: “The governor’s decision is being commended by the Catholic Conference and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.” [WBAL, 12/31/14]

Food For Thought…

  • Robert J. Smith op-ed: “Death penalty dying from dysfunction” – “death penalty is dying a slow, costly death in the United States” [The Hill, 1/9/15]
  • Kansas City Star Editorial Board: “Instead of defying a national trend, Missouri could lead by ending the death penalty” [Editorial, Kansas City Star, 1/2/15]

Source:: National Coalition to End the Death Penalty