Georgia Leads Nation In Number Of Executions As Texas Slows

One thing Georgia and Texas have in common that has allowed them to execute more inmates than other states is a seemingly reliable supply of execution drugs.

The execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown with the witness gallery behind glass at right, in Walla Walla, Wash.

ATLANTA  — Georgia led the nation this year in the number of inmates put to death, an anomaly that's due at least in part to executions in Texas dipping into single digits for the first time in 20 years. With nine lethal injections in 2016, Georgia accounted for nearly half of the 20 executions nationwide. It was the most inmates the state has

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Utah Brings Back The Firing Squad

Opponents of the measure say firing squads are barbaric, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah saying the bill makes the state “look backward and backwoods.”

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. SALT LAKE CITY — Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome." The

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First Amendment Fight Won’t Stop Arizona Execution

Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison in Florence amid new scrutiny nationwide over lethal injections after several controversial executions.

Joseph Rudolph Wood

FLORENCE, Ariz. — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs. Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison in Florence amid new scrutiny

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Ninth Circuit Judge: No ‘Masking Brutality’ Of Death Penalty

In dissenting opinion, appeals court judge argues that lethal injection is ‘misguided’ attempt to shield reality.

A top federal judge on Monday issued an evocative and forthright attack on the death penalty, saying that the practice of "lethal injection" is a misguided attempt by society to "mask" the "horrendous brutality" of the act. "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to maks the brutality

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Texas’ Top Prosecutor: Drug Source Can Be Secret

DALLAS (AP) — Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger. In the decision, Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Office cited a “threat assessment” signed by Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw that says pharmacies […]

DALLAS (AP) — Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger. In the decision, Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office cited a "threat assessment" signed by Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw that

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These Are The Countries Still Using Lethal Injection To Kill People

The US is not in good company.

Supporters of lethal injection say it’s the safest and most “humane method” of implementing a death sentence. The recently botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett in Oklahoma suggests otherwise. The blend used on Lockett had never been tested before. After the drugs were administered, witnesses said he writhed and shook uncontrollably. The

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