April 17, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 Thursday in favor of legislation 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 expired in ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) announced 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 with ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Four death row inmates filed a complaint on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663, 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]
July 24, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy allowing the importation of a drug used in the execution of state prisoners was illegal. The court did not give deference to the federal agency's policy of neither ...[read more]
August 15, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 15, 2011, an Arkansas judge ruled that certain sections of the state's execution law are unconstitutional. The question revolved around the wide allowance of drugs used in the lethal injections. Arkansas had been obtaining their supply of sodium thiopental, a drug used in the lethal ...[read more]
August 15, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
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 the constitution's protection against cruel and unusual punishment, Pulaski ...[read more]
April 2, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Germany urged the European Union (EU) on Friday to impose an export ban on a drug used for lethal injections in several US states. Germany's human rights commissioner, Markus Loening, requested that the drug sodium thiopental be placed on the list of drugs that require governmental consent prior ...[read more]
March 3, 2010
by Jay Carmella
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna filed a motion with the state Supreme Court Tuesday announcing the adoption of a single-drug execution method. The state had previously used a three-drug cocktail to lethally inject those sentenced to be executed. The change comes as three death row inmates ...[read more]
April 24, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl
The three-drug cocktail used to execute death row inmates by lethal injection can fail, causing inmates to suffer a painful death, according to a study published Monday by PLoS Medicine. The study's authors said in a summary of their work:We were able to analyze only a limited numbe... ...[read more]
March 1, 2007
by Robert DeVries
A Florida commission convened to investigate the botched December execution of Angel Diaz determined Thursday that more oversight is necessary to ensure inmates are properly sedated before execution. Currently Florida uses the chemicals sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride ...[read more]

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