July 20, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by William Hibbitts
West African governments should decriminalize drug use and treat it as a public health issue, according to a report published Thursday by the West Africa Commission on Drugs. The report also recommends that governments try to confront corruption so that traffickers cannot exploit corrupt ...[read more]
June 1, 2014
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 ...[read more]
May 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ordered a temporary moratorium 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, which would increase ...[read more]
May 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill's ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett of the University of Virginia School of Law comments on the recent problems with botched lethal injections being administered for purposed of imposing the death penalty ... "We're going to close the blinds temporarily," the Oklahoma corrections officer ...[read more]
May 9, 2014
by William Helbling
The Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals on Thursday approved a six-month stay of execution for a current death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into issues with last week's lethal injection. Attorneys for Charles Warner requested the delay after the recent botched lethal injection of ...[read more]
May 4, 2014
by Jaimie Cremeans
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville issued a statement on Friday urging the US to impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty following a botched execution performed in Oklahoma last week. The OHCHR asserted that the execution of ...[read more]
April 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday shortly after doctors called off a failed attempt to execute him using a new cocktail of lethal injection drugs. According to the state corrections department, 13 minutes after administering the drug cocktail ...[read more]
April 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma ruled Wednesday that two inmates' constitutional rights were not violated by keeping sources of lethal injection drugs secret. The 5-4 opinion affirmed the district court's declaratory judgment that denied the prisoners relief and reversed the declaratory judgment ...[read more]

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