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  • Oklahoma inmate Charles Warner has been put to death for 1997 murder and rape of infant

    UPDATE: 1/15/15 7:33 p.m.  The Department of Corrections confirms Oklahoma inmate Charles Frederick Warner has been executed at 7:28 p.m.   UPDATE: 1/15/15 6:20PM. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Charles Frederick Warner clearing the way for the execution to proceed. Four justices dissented — Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.  Writing for the four, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said questions about Oklahoma’s proposed method — and its risks — “are especially important now, given States’ increasing reliance on […]

  • Oklahoma set to execute Richard Glossip despite concerns over evidence, drugs

    McAlester, Okla. – Richard Glossip is scheduled to die Wednesday despite widespread concerns about his trial and the way Oklahoma plans to execute him. Glossip was convicted of murder for the 1997 death of motel owner Barry Van Treese, though Glossip wasn’t the actual killer. The man who bludgeoned Van Treese to death, Justin Sneed, testified that Glossip hired him for the murder. But jurors weren’t presented with evidence that Sneed gave contradictory accounts to police about what happened, wrote […]

  • Why experts say there’s no such thing as ‘humane’ execution

    Throughout the history of capital punishment in America, states have reviewed and revised execution methods in the interest of finding a more “humane” option. Hanging was the standard for much of the 19th century, as Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito noted in the court’s recent ruling related to capital punishment New York led the charge in the 1880s to trade the hangman’s noose for the electric chair based on a legislative commission’s finding that electrocution was “the most humane and […]

  • Supreme Court upholds the use of a controversial drug for lethal injections

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug for lethal injection in executions. The ruling was 5-4 with Justice Samuel Alito writing for the majority, along with John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. “The prisoners failed to identify a known and available alternative method of execution that entails a lesser risk of pain, a requirement of all Eighth Amendment method-of- execution claims,” Alito wrote. “Second, the District Court did not establish that […]

  • Supreme Court takes up death penalty drug case

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — A sharply divided — and at times testy — Supreme Court took up Wednesday a case questioning the lethal injection protocol used for Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett’s botched execution in 2014. The hearing revealed a deep tension on the part of some of the conservatives who expressed concern that the opponents to the death penalty are making it very difficult for the states to carry out executions using lethal doses of drugs. “Let’s be honest about what’s […]

  • US Supreme Court to decide if Oklahoma’s death penalty drug cocktail is inhumane

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court heard arguments about the way Oklahoma executes death row prisoners on Wednesday. The nation’s highest court will ultimately decide if it’s constitutional for Oklahoma to use a controversial 3-drug combination. The drug Midazolam is at the center of the legal argument. It’s a sedative the state began to use after pharmaceutical companies refused to provide the sedatives formerly used to enforce the death penalty. But, when it was used to put Clayton Lockett to […]

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin approves never-before-used execution method

    UPDATE: Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1879, which allows officials to perform executions using nitrogen hypoxia if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional. Under current Oklahoma law, if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional, the state can revert to the electric chair as a second alternative and firing squad as the third alternative. However, the bill makes nitrogen hypoxia the second alternative, electric chair as the third alternative and firing squad as the final alternative. OKLAHOMA CITY – State lawmakers have […]

  • New documents reveal botched Oklahoma execution details

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Death row prisoner Clayton Lockett, who ultimately died after Oklahoma officials botched his execution in 2014, played a role in helping his execution team try to find a viable vein, according to new documents released last week. A paramedic charged with starting an IV for Lockett on April 29th, told state officials that on the night of the execution she was having difficulty inserting the needle. The paramedic, whose name is not revealed, said Lockett was “very […]

  • Lawmakers want execution by nitrogen

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A new study released suggests execution by nitrogen is a good alternative to capital punishment using the Midazolam cocktail. A new bill is already moving through the capitol; it has passed the house and is waiting on a senate version. Legislators in support are confident it will become law, as it received an overwhelming bi-partisan support. “We’ve had some issues with the lethal injection,” State Rep. Mike Christian says. He’s referring to executions like the 2014 botched execution of Clayton […]

  • Alternate method of execution one step closer to becoming law

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a measure that would make Oklahoma the first state to use nitrogen gas to kill death row inmates. This comes as Oklahoma’s current execution procedures are under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Rep. Mike Christian says last year’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett motivated him to look for a more humane way to execute inmates. “In the 21st century I think we can do a lot better as a government […]

  • ‘Within two seconds the inmate would lose consciousness,’ Lawmakers push to execute death row inmates by nitrogen gas

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Late Tuesday afternoon the Oklahoma House Committee passed a measure that would make Oklahoma the first state to use nitrogen gas to kill death row inmates. Just hours before a similar bill was passed by the Senate. This comes as Oklahoma’s current execution procedures are under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Rep. Mike Christian says last year’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett motivated him to look for a more humane way to execute inmates.< “In the […]