If a majority of the Supreme Court justices eventually strike down the death penalty as unconstitutional, Henry Lee McCollum may be an important reason why. Perhaps that will provide some small comfort to him, given the 30-year ordeal he suffered on death row in North Carolina as an innocent man. Continue reading: The Conversation
Juan Melendez spent 17 years, eight months, and one day on Florida’s death row for a crime he did not commit, before being exonerated in 2002 when the transcript of a confession by the real murderer came to light – evidence that had been withheld by the prosecutor. Juan received no assistance and no compensation from the state of Florida in the wake of his exoneration.
Sabrina Butler was a Mississippi teenager convicted of murder and child abuse in the death of her nine-month-old son, Walter Dean. She was later exonerated of all wrongdoing . . . Continue reading: The Conversation
David Bruck, a 66-year-old, Canadian-born capital expert, who graduated from the University of South Carolina law school, will return to the Palmetto State to tackle yet another challenging assignment representing a high-profile defendant.
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A new ruling from South Carolina’s attorney general could give the state more leeway to execute convicted killers. As WIS reported in an investigation back in February, South Carolina has not carried out an execution since 2011. Read more: WIS TV
SCDOC director ‘unsuccessful in acquiring lethal injection drugs’
. . . South Carolina is one of many states whose death penalties are on hold because of drug companies’ refusal to supply pentobarbital, a sedative used in lethal injection cocktails.
Stirling said he is deciding whether another sedative, midazolam, could be a suitable substitute for pentobarbital. Read more: WYFF
ACOLU, S.C. (WACH/WCIV) — The memorial for George Stinney, Jr., the youngest person executed in the U.S. this century, has a new face. His. Continue reading: ABC News
All life is worth saving
Just as in Clarence Darrow’s day, the death penalty continues to be practiced in many American states. Yet around the world, the majority of nations no longer executes their prisoners, showing increasing support for the abolition of capital punishment. Recently, in December 2014, when the United Nations General Assembly introduced a resolution calling for an international moratorium on the use of the death penalty, a record 117 countries voted in favor of abolition, while only 38 nations, including the United States, voted against it. Indeed, falling just behind China, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, the United States is recorded to have the 5th highest rate of execution worldwide. Continue reading
-“Under the Court’s new rule, it would not matter whether the State intended to use midazolam, or instead to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake,” write dissenting justices.
In the most closely-watched death penalty case in years, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 that Oklahoma can use the controversial and experimental execution drug midazolam that was behind the last year’s horrific killing of 38-year-old man Clayton Lockett – who writhed and groaned for 43 minutes before ultimately succumbing to a heart attack. Continue reading: Common Dreams
Glenn Ford, who spent nearly 30 years on death row in Louisiana for a murder he almost certainly did not commit, died on Monday in New Orleans, less than 16 months after his conviction and death sentence were vacated and he was released. He was 65. Continue reading: The New York Times