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Pfizer Bans Use of Its Drugs in Executions

This is a milestone in anti-capital punishment campaign

(Newser) - Drug giant Pfizer says that since it is in the business of "saving and improving" lives, it has taken steps to make sure its products are not used to execute people. "Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment," the... More »

Meet the Guy Who Illegally Sold Execution Drugs to 4 States

Buzzfeed digs into Harris Pharma of Salt Lake City, India

(Newser) - Four US states bought execution drugs illegally supplied from a man in India, according to a report from Buzzfeed . Journalists Chris McDaniel and Tasneem Nashrulla say Chris Harris of Harris Pharma, a self-described drug manufacturer and distributor in Salt Lake City, India, has earned tens of thousands of dollars from... More »

Ohio Delays All Executions Until 2017

State is having trouble finding supplies of lethal injection drugs

(Newser) - Ohio has delayed executions until 2017 because of problems finding supplies of lethal injection drugs. The announcement on Monday means Ohio will go at least two years without putting anyone to death and marks another setback in efforts to carry out capital punishment in the state. The Department of Rehabilitation... More »

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 »

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 »

'My Body Is on Fire': Okla. Executes Charles Warner

State carries out first execution since botched one

(Newser) - Oklahoma executed a death row inmate last night in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring , and it carried out the punishment with a three-drug method that Florida used for an execution the same night . Charles Warner's execution for the 1997 killing of an 11-month-old girl... More »

IV Line in Botched Execution Wasn't Properly Monitored: Report

Intravenous line in Clayton Lockett's groin caused problems, review says

(Newser) - A review of a botched Oklahoma execution in April says an improperly monitored IV line likely caused problems in administering three lethal drugs. The report released today by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety noted that a paramedic and physician inserted the intravenous line in Clayton Lockett's groin after... More »

How a Hospital Made an Execution Possible

It didn't realize drug was for lethal injection: board member

(Newser) - A Louisiana hospital facilitated an execution—without realizing it was doing so, says a new report citing a board member who's also an appeals court judge. Short on execution drugs, the state opted to use a combination of hydromorphone and midazolam for a lethal injection, the Lens explains. Louisiana... More »

IV Lines Were Placed Correctly in Botched Execution

Medical examiner finds no incorrect placement, says drugs went into veins

(Newser) - Intravenous lines were placed correctly during the execution of an Arizona inmate whose death with lethal drugs took more than 90 minutes , a medical examiner said today. Incorrect placement of lines can inject drugs into soft tissue instead of the blood stream, but the drugs used to kill Joseph Wood... More »

1 in 5 Americans: Bring Back the Gas Chamber

NBC News poll finds most back alternative execution methods

(Newser) - If one in five Americans had their way, the US wouldn't need to worry about an execution drug shortage because, well, we'd be gassing convicts. According to an NBC News poll, about two-thirds of 800 respondents said they would support alternative methods of execution: 20% are for gas... More »

Inmate's Last Words: 'Something's Wrong'

Details emerge on Clayton Lockett execution

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the botched execution of Clayton Lockett , including the fact that Lockett was struggling to speak before he died. Reporters from News on 6 and the Tulsa World, who were among 12 media observers, offer minute-by-minute recaps. Some key moments:
  • 6:23pm: The execution begins. The
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Okla. Courts Halt Executions in Fight Over Drug Secrecy

State courts squabble over jurisdiction

(Newser) - The execution of two murderers in Oklahoma has been delayed once again amid legal battles over drug secrecy. A judge ruled last month that it would be unconstitutional for the state to conceal the source of the drugs it plans to use to execute Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, but... More »

Tennessee to Execute 10, Keep Details Secret

Law allows it to keep executioner, where drugs came from under wraps

(Newser) - Tennessee officials plan to execute a record number of death row inmates over the next two years, all under a cloak of secrecy. The state late last year asked its Supreme Court for permission to execute at least a dozen convicts—its biggest request ever—and intends to use a... More »

Louisiana Stalls Execution to Study New Drug Cocktail

State wants to use combo that caused slow Ohio death

(Newser) - A last-minute switch of lethal-injection drugs has delayed Louisiana's first execution since 2010. Child killer Christopher Sepulvado was scheduled to die tomorrow but was granted a 90-day stay after the state confirmed it could not obtain the barbiturate pentobarbital, reports the Times-Picayune . The state plans to use a mixture... More »

With No Final Words, Missouri Killer Executed

Herbert Smulls killed with lethal dose of pentobarbital

(Newser) - Despite a temporary Supreme Court stay after petitions from his defense lawyers, Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls was executed by a lethal dose of pentobarbital as planned yesterday and was pronounced dead at 10:20pm local time, Reuters reports. His lawyers had argued Missouri's refusal to disclose the name of... More »

Supreme Court Holds Off Execution Over Drug Issue

High court is expected to issue ruling today

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court is expected to rule today on two petitions regarding Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls, the Missouri Attorney General's office says. Smulls' execution was temporarily stayed late yesterday with an order from the high court signed by Justice Samuel Alito. It was sent about two-and-a-half... More »

Daughter Suing Over Dad's Slow Execution

McGuire suffered cruel and unusual punishment: lawyer

(Newser) - An Ohio inmate put to death for murder was tortured by his unusually slow execution , the man's daughter said today as she announced plans to file a lawsuit over her father's death. Dennis McGuire's daughter, Amber, referred to the "agony and terror" of watching her father... More »

Ohio Inmate Likely to Suffer 'Terror' During Execution

Expert warns against state's untested drugs

(Newser) - A death-row inmate in Ohio will likely suffer the "terror" of a suffocation-like phenomenon known as air hunger during his execution, an anesthesiologist told a judge today. "Air hunger is a horrible feeling," said the expert at a federal court hearing, reports AP . "It's the... More »

Ohio Killer to Be Executed With Method Untested in US

Dennis McGuire will be put to death using 2-drug combination

(Newser) - Ohio will use a dose of two drugs untried in the US to put to death a condemned inmate who raped and killed a pregnant woman, according to a decision by the state prison system. The determination means the prisons agency was unable to obtain an unregulated batch of pentobarbital,... More »

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