WASHINGTON — At least three states — Texas, Ohio, and Arizona — have hired outside lawyers to help them obtain execution drugs that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a related court order have declared are illegal to import, BuzzFeed News has learned.
This is what is likely to happen if they do obtain those drugs:
It’s Really Hard to Believe How Much of a Disaster the U.S. Lethal Injection System Is (Slate.com)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments last week on the death penalty’s future in the United States grabbed more than a few headlines, and it could signal a future where America joins a majority of nations that outlaw capital punishment.
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Amnesty International Urgent Action — October 23, 2015
Ernest Johnson, aged 55, is due to be executed in Missouri on 3 November. He was convicted of three murders committed during a robbery in 1994. There is evidence that he has intellectual disability, which would render his execution unconstitutional.
Please go to the Amnesty USA website and find out how you can help!
Amid new scrutiny of American capital punishment practices, President Barack Obama said in an interview released Friday he was disturbed by the practical effects of the death penalty.
While Obama said he wasn’t opposed “in theory” to killing criminals convicted of heinous crimes, he said that data showing racial biases and wrongful convictions have prompted him to wonder whether the death penalty remains a legitimate tool.
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A look at death row in South Carolina
by Christina Elmore
A monotonous existence awaits those condemned to the corridors of death row. Having committed the most egregious of crimes against others across the state, these men now spend the bulk of their time alone.
They eat and sleep in single cells. The lucky ones get an hour of recreation time a day, often spent exercising or reaching through the bars that divide them to play a game of checkers with a neighboring inmate.
“You rarely hear any of them talking about the death penalty or what they have coming up,” said the prison’s warden, Joseph McFadden.
Read the article at the Charleston Post and Courier
On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard cases involving the two most extreme punishments in the American criminal justice system: life without the possibility of parole and the death penalty. Read the editorial at the New York Times
In the two weeks since President Obama stood before the United Nations and declared that the United States will stand up for human rights, three people have been sent to the death chamber, making a mockery of his claims.
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. . . Officers at Lieber Correctional Institution found the body of 36-year-old Jesse Sapp in his cell on Sunday, state prisons spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said. He died around 3 p.m. that day, Interim Dorchester County Coroner Katrina Patton added.
His cause and manner of death were still undetermined after an autopsy, Patton said.
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Six capital convictions to be reviewed
Justice Stephen G. Breyer has a couple reasons why he wants to hear arguments from both sides on the constitutionality of capital punishment.
Breyer called for briefing on the issue in a dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a June decision that upheld the use of the execution drug midazolam. In an interview with MSNBC, Breyer explained why he’s ready to examine the issue.
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. . . According to Save Innocents, a group dedicated to highlighting possible death row miscarriages of justice, about 40 people have been put to death since the mid-1970s despite serious doubts about their guilt.
Meanwhile, a 2014 study by academics in Michigan and Pennsylvania found up to 4.1 per cent of prisoners sentenced to death since 1973 may well be innocent. If accurate, and some say it is closer to 2 per cent of cases, it could mean more that 300 people have either languished or perished on death row.
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