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SCOTUS: Lethal Injection Drug Not Cruel, Unusual

Use of midazolam doesn't violate the Eighth Amendment

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court justices in April debated the constitutionality of lethal-injection drug midazolam, Elena Kagan likened the execution protocol to being burned alive. She joined three dissenters in today's 5-4 ruling that the first drug in a three-drug combination used last year in executions in Arizona, Ohio, and... More »

End of Road for Frenchman Set to Die in Indonesia

Court denies Serge Atlaoui's final appeal; execution planned after July 17

(Newser) - An Indonesian court today denied the final appeal of a French citizen who faces execution for drug offenses, setting the stage for diplomatic retaliation by France after executions of other foreigners strained relations with Australia and Brazil. Eight people were executed in April; Serge Atlaoui , 51, wasn't part of... More »

Ohio Wants to Kill a Man Who Survived His 'Execution'

Lawyers say 2nd attempt to kill Romell Broom in Ohio would be unconstitutional

(Newser) - Six years ago, the state of Ohio tried to execute Romell Broom for raping and killing a 14-year-old girl. That execution was unsuccessful—making Broom the country's only survivor of a botched lethal injection, the AP notes. Now his lawyers are trying to prevent him from having to go... More »

The 'Untold Story' of That Very Botched Execution

Jeffrey E. Stern explores the death of Clayton Lockett in 9K words

(Newser) - June's issue of the Atlantic packages Jeffrey E. Stern's 9,000-word piece on Clayton Lockett's botched April 2014 execution in Oklahoma as the "untold story" of what happened. And while many of the details have surfaced elsewhere—a September report by the Oklahoma Office of Public... More »

Amid Doubts, Texas Executes Oldest Death-Row Inmate

Lester Bower fought sentence for 31 years

(Newser) - More than 30 years after Lester Bower was sentenced to die for a quadruple murder, Texas has finally carried out the sentence. The 67-year-old, the oldest prisoner on the state's death row, was executed hours after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal, ABC News reports. Prosecutors said that in... More »

China Executes Teacher Who Abused 26 Kids

'Timid' victims were as young as 4

(Newser) - A former elementary school teacher in China has been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4 years old. The Intermediate People's Court in the western province of Gansu says it carried out the sentence against Li Jishun yesterday after it was upheld by the... More »

Saudi Arabia Now Hiring Executioners

Beheading rate has more than doubled since last year

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia has stepped up its execution rate: Eighty-five people have been beheaded so far this year, compared to 88 in all of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch—and created job opportunities in the process. The country's Ministry of Civil Service has advertised for eight executioners, with no... More »

2 Things Give Pause About the North Korea Execution

Some air their doubts about Hyon Yong Chol's execution by anti-aircraft gun

(Newser) - Public execution by anti-aircraft gun was the price of perceived disloyalty for North Korea's defense chief—or was it? The report of Hyon Yong Chol's alleged April 30 execution in front of hundreds came from the mouth of South Korea's National Intelligence Service. Today, the New ... More »

3 Hours Before Execution, Texas Killer Gets Stay

New DNA test to focus on metal shank used to kill prison guard

(Newser) - A Texas inmate on death row had his execution stayed yesterday just three hours before it was scheduled to be carried out. Robert Pruett, initially sentenced to 99 years in prison as an accomplice to a 1995 murder when he was 15, was then sentenced to death in 2002 over... More »

N. Korea Executed 15 for Challenging Kim: Report

One official didn't like his plan for a flower-shaped building

(Newser) - North Korea has reportedly executed at least 15 people this year, including a vice forestry minister who criticized the country's forestation plan. Two South Korean lawmakers, briefed by the country's spy agency, say another senior official was killed for fighting Kim Jong Un's plan to erect a... More »

8 Inmates Refused Blindfolds, Sang at Firing Squad

Pastor says the scene was 'breathtaking'

(Newser) - "Breathtaking" is probably not a word you'd usually associate with the executions of eight people , but that's exactly how a pastor describes the scene in Indonesia just after midnight local time. Seven foreigners and a local man refused blindfolds as they stood in front of a firing... More »

Indonesia Firing Squad Executes 8, Spares Woman

Nation goes ahead with executions over drug charges

(Newser) - Intense international pressure failed to sway Indonesia: It executed seven foreigners and one of its own citizens today via firing squad over drug-smuggling charges, reports the Jakarta Post . However, the newspaper says that a Filipino woman, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, was spared at the last moment because the drug courier... More »

Ambulances Reach Indonesia Prison —Hauling Coffins

Executions of 9 inmates loom, despite international pressure

(Newser) - The pleas for mercy weren't enough, apparently. Despite uproar from several foreign governments, Indonesia is readying for the executions of eight foreigners and one local man convicted of drug trafficking. A dozen ambulances—nine of which were carrying coffins—boarded a ferry to Besi prison on Nusakambangan Island today,... More »

Indonesia to 9 Foreigners: State Your Last Wish

Outcry as execution of convicted drug traffickers nears

(Newser) - The execution of 10 convicted drug traffickers is imminent in Indonesia, with the country this weekend issuing a 72-hour notice for the nine foreigners and one local man; the Guardian reports that means they could be put in front of a firing squad as soon as midnight Tuesday, local time.... More »

Missouri Executes Black Man Convicted By White Jury

Andre Cole convicted of 1998 rage killing

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was executed yesterday for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago. Andre Cole, 52, became the third convicted killer put to death this year in Missouri. His fate was sealed after the Supreme Court turned down several appeals, including... More »

Texas Gets New Drugs, Executes Cop Killer

It has enough pentobarbital for 3 more lethal injections

(Newser) - Texas has a new batch of pentobarbital, and last night it used part of that batch to end the life of Kent Sprouse. The 42-year-old inmate was executed yesterday evening for the 2002 killing of a police officer and another man during a meth-fueled shooting rampage at a Dallas-area gas... More »

No More Room on San Quentin's Death Row

It's essentially full, governor warns

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has submitted his $113 billion budget proposal, and in it he notes that, on average, 20 new felons are expected to show up per year on death row in San Quentin State Prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. One problem: There's no more room. With... More »

Missouri Executes Brain-Damaged Inmate

Divided Supreme Court turned down Cecil Clayton appeal

(Newser) - Missouri's oldest death-row inmate was executed yesterday after the US Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury from a 1972 sawmill accident . Cecil Clayton, who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy... More »

Missouri to Execute Man Missing Part of Brain

74-year-old's behavior changed after 1972 sawmill accident

(Newser) - A 74-year-old man whose behavior changed drastically after a sawmill accident more than 40 years ago will be executed in Missouri today unless the US Supreme Court steps in. Surgeons removed around 8% of Cecil Clayton's brain—including part of the frontal lobe, which controls things like judgment and... More »

After Execution, Texas Has Just One Dose Left

Hit man executed with next-to-last dose of pentobarbital

(Newser) - Texas executes more people than any other state—and all but a handful of the world's countries—but it's not clear whether it will be able to continue for long after yesterday evening's execution of Mexican Mafia hit man Manuel Vasquez. The 46-year-old, convicted of the 1999... More »

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