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Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website], on Friday, introduced a proposal [regulation announcement, PDF] for a single-drug execution process. The new protocol would replace the existing three-drug execution protocol. The state would be allowed to determine one of four drugs to use on a case by case basis including: … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2015
by John D. Bessler of University of Baltimore School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of lethal injection … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 Thursday in favor of legislation [LB 268 materials] that would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Nebraska currently has 11 men sitting on death row but no way of executing them because its supply of sodium thiopental … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that it is revising its execution protocol to no longer use the two-drug combination that caused the troubling 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire last January. Ohio was scrutinized after the state executed McGuire [NBC News report] … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Four death row inmates filed a complaint [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663 [text], a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the persons involved in executing a sentence of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jun 2014
by Lauren Lucas of Georgia State University College of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Sudeall Lucas of Georgia State University College of Law discusses the constitutionality of the opposing arguments surrounding the death penalty ... Society's memory is short. So, it may be few are still lingering over the particulars of the botched execution that occurred in Oklahoma last month. … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 Jun 2014
by Kimberly Newberry of Harvard Law School
edited by Elizabeth Hand

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Newberry, Harvard Law School Class of 2014, clarifies the current policy surrounding lethal injection law in Oklahoma and explores the repercussions of such a policy...On April 29, 2014, the State of Oklahoma forced Clayton Lockett to have a heart attack during a botched lethal injection. At … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] ordered a temporary moratorium [order, PDF] on executions in Ohio on Wednesday. The stay is intended to allow attorneys time to complete discovery and other legal preparations pertaining to Ohio's new execution protocol [AP … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] published a response letter [text; PDF] Thursday declining to define “Natural” in the context of food labeling. The letter was in response to three cases involving allegations of false advertising of food products; more specifically, whether food products containing bioengineered … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued an order [text] Tuesday evening staying the execution of Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls. Smulls, who was convicted [AP report] and sentenced to death for killing a jewelry store owner and injuring his wife during a robbery in 1991, was scheduled … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The children of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire filed a lawsuit on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] over the method used in McGuire's 26-minute long execution, which they say amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. McGuire, who was convicted [AP report] … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The prolonged execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire on Thursday has stirred a controversy over new drugs used to administer lethal injections. McGuire was convicted [AP report] in 1994 of raping and murdering a 22-year-old girl in 1989 and lost his appeal [text, PDF] to the Supreme Court of … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Monday refused to halt the execution of convicted Ohio murderer Dennis McGuire, who is scheduled to die by the administration of a never-before-tried drug that may potentially inflict pain. Ohio no longer has … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Three Texas death row inmates on Tuesday filed a lawsuit alleging that the state plans to use new types of drugs in their execution. The complaint claims that Texas has obtained [Reuters report] propofol, midzolam and hydromorphone from manufacturers by pretending to be a hospital. Thus, the drugs would … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] policy allowing the importation of a drug used in the execution of state prisoners was illegal. The court did not give deference … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Arkansas Senate [official website] on Thursday approved revisions to the state's lethal injection law. The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] struck down the 2009 version of the law [JURIST report] last year, finding that a provision allowing the state department of corrections to choose the drug for lethal … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Arkansas [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that a state law passed in 2009 that gives the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) [official website] authority to administer lethal injection drugs of its choice during executions unconstitutionally violates the separation of powers in the Arkansas … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] An Arkansas judge on Monday ruled that part of the state's law governing executions is unconstitutional. The provision in state law allowing "any other chemical or chemicals" to be used for lethal injections violates [AP report] the constitution's protection against cruel and unusual punishment, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Germany urged the European Union (EU) [official website] on Friday to impose an export ban on a drug used for lethal injections [JURIST news archive] in several US states. Germany's human rights commissioner, Markus Loening, requested that the drug sodium thiopental be placed on the list of drugs [AP … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] A Nashville judge ended a four-month moratorium on executions Wednesday, declaring Tennessee's modified method of lethal injection [JURIST news archive] constitutional. In November, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman [official profile] ruled that the state's method of lethal injection violated [The Tennessean report] the Eighth Amendment [text] after lawyers for … [read more]

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