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Drug Glitch Leads Oklahoma to Halt 3 Executions

Problem was discovered just hours before one execution was scheduled

(Newser) - Oklahoma's highest criminal court unanimously agreed Friday to halt all of the state's scheduled executions after the state's prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state's request and issued indefinite stays of execution... More »

Controversial Execution Postponed Again

Richard Glossip was scheduled to be put to death today

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday postponed the scheduled execution of an inmate who claims he's innocent , saying a drug that the state Department of Corrections had received to carry out his lethal injection didn't match those listed in the agency's protocols. Fallin said prison officials received... More »

Unmoved by Pope, Georgia Executes 1st Woman in 70 Years

Appeals from Francis, inmate's kids fail to sway parole board

(Newser) - The only woman on Georgia's death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at 12:21am at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted of murder... More »

Woman on Death Row Gets Last-Minute Hearing

Georgia will decide her fate 8 hours before execution time

(Newser) - The only woman on Georgia's death row will wake up Tuesday morning with no idea whether she will be alive at the end of the day. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, whose execution was delayed earlier this year first by snow and then by a "cloudy" drug , is scheduled to... More »

Why Saudis Will Take Rare Step of Crucifying This Man

Activists say they're trying to scare other protesters

(Newser) - Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, a Saudi pro-democracy protester arrested when he was 17, has been sentenced to a grisly death , and activists fear his crucifixion could take place any day unless authorities step in. Activists say al-Nimr, who is now 21, was tortured into confessing, and United Nations human rights experts... More »

Pakistan Can't Hang Man Who Can't Stand

It's unclear if paraplegic Abdul Basit will face eventual execution

(Newser) - A man was given a last-minute stay of his execution in Pakistan today, not over concerns that the country is running "a conveyor belt of executions"—though that is a real criticism—but because Abdul Basit is unable to stand on the gallows. Basit, 43, acquired tubercular meningitis... More »

Man Arrested at 17 in Saudi Arabia to Be Crucified

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr's appeals have run out

(Newser) - Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested in 2012 and accused of taking part in anti-government protests and illegally possessing firearms; he was sentenced to death by crucifixion in 2014. Now, Saudi Arabia has dismissed his final appeal and he has no other legal options to fight... More »

Last-Minute Stay Granted in Controversial Execution

Richard Eugene Glossip won't be executed today

(Newser) - An appeals court has agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man who claims he was framed for the 1997 beating death of his boss. Richard Eugene Glossip was scheduled for execution at 3pm today. But the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted a request from Glossip's attorneys,... More »

Is Oklahoma Going to Kill an Innocent Man Today?

Fallin rejects appeal in Glossip case

(Newser) - Richard Glossip is scheduled to die at 3pm today, and his supporters say Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man. The 52-year-old was convicted of ordering the 1997 murder of his boss at a motel, but his lawyers argue that the only evidence of his involvement is testimony from... More »

Man Who Killed Teen Waiting for Bus in 1989 Is Executed

Ex-Kansas City cop calls Roderick Nunley's 25-year stay on death row a 'travesty'

(Newser) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 15-year-old Missouri girl from the Kansas City area more than a quarter-century ago was executed last night, becoming the state's sixth person to be put to death this year, the AP reports. The lethal injection for Roderick Nunley, 50, began... More »

Tenn. Judge: There's Nothing Wrong With Lethal Injection

Says inmates didn't prove one-drug method led to painful, lingering death

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge yesterday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs... More »

Report: Kim Jong Un Purged Vice Premier With Gun

Leader's 'reign of terror' shows no sign of letting up

(Newser) - You'd think Kim Jong Un would've tired of executions by now, but sources tell Yonhap News that North Korea's Vice Premier Choe Yong-gon was executed by shooting in May, apparently after he "expressed discomfort" over Kim's forestation policy; his work performance was also found lacking,... More »

Susan Sarandon Trying to Save Death-Row Inmate

Calls Oklahoma governor 'horrible person' for not intervening

(Newser) - Susan Sarandon is using her Hollywood clout to try to save an inmate on Oklahoma's death row. In an interview with Sky News , the actress called Gov. Mary Fallin a "horrible person" for not intervening in next month's scheduled execution of Richard Glossip. He is "clearly... More »

Advocates Are Fuming Over Pakistan's Latest Execution

Some say Shafqat Hussain was a minor at time of killing, confessed under torture

(Newser) - Despite last-minute pleas to save his life, a convicted killer who some say may have been innocent was hanged in a Pakistan prison early today. Shafqat Hussain, convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 7-year-old boy in 2004, reportedly confessed to police, though his lawyer says he only did so under... More »

In Rare Execution, India Hangs Man Tied to Mumbai Bombings

Yakub Memon was executed on 53rd birthday despite public pleas for a stay

(Newser) - The accountant who served as the "middleman" in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed more than 250 people and injured more than 700 was hanged this morning—his 53rd birthday—at a prison in India, the New York Times reports. Yakub Memon, who raised funds for the attack, made... More »

South Korea: North Says It 'Purged' Defense Chief

Hyon Yong Chol is out; Gen. Pak Yong Sik is in

(Newser) - North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul's spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said today. South Korea's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in May that People's Armed... More »

UAE Executes Killer of American Teacher

By firing squad

(Newser) - Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have executed a woman with links to Islamic extremists who was convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall. Authorities say Alaa Bader Abdullah al-Hashemi, a 30-year-old mother of six, was put to death... More »

Kim Jong Un's Bloody Tenure: 70 Executions

South Korean minister discusses dictator's 'reign of terror'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror" that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father's early rule, South Korean officials said today. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, at a forum in Seoul,... More »

Bankers Canned for 'Team-Building' ISIS Video

Which they reportedly made for a corporate exercise

(Newser) - If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how making a mock ISIS execution video is positive in any way, much less a valuable team-building exercise, you and HSBC management are on the same page. The bank has fired six UK employees for doing just that after they... More »

ISIS Video Shows Mass Execution

Syrian soldiers are shot in ancient amphitheater of Palmyra

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Islamic State militants publicly destroyed more priceless relics in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, reports the Washington Post . Today, the group released a video showing it making use of the city in an even more heinous way—to stage a mass execution of Syrian soldiers,... More »

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