In a discussion at the George Washington University School of Law, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said the death penalty creates a higher risk of error than other criminal cases and is unfair, unnecessary, and a “terrible waste” of resources.
Continue reading: Death Penalty Information Center
Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday when lawmakers boldly voted 30-19 to override the governor’s veto. Continue reading: NBC News
Could the firing squad be a new death penalty in South Carolina? – WACH (Fox)
Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty statewide – and with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican governor Pete Ricketts. Continue reading: The Guardian
Executioner or Veterinarian?
Which do we kill more humanely, our pets or condemned prisoners? Click here to take the Marshall Project’s quiz.
“Nothing you say or read to me am I going to believe, frankly,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells Oklahoma’s lawyer.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices showed deep division Wednesday on the use of a sedative drug, midazolam, in executions — from accusations that death penalty opponents are engaged in “guerrilla” warfare to a pointed attack on whether Oklahoma’s lawyer could be trusted.
Continue reading: Buzzfeed.com (Scroll down on that page for a link to the transcript.)
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I have some concerns about Frank Wooten’s April 25 column.
We should realize that there is no humane way to kill a human being. An execution not only brutalizes the person being executed and the people doing the killing, it brutalizes the society sponsoring it.
Continue reading: Charleston Post and Courier