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Nitrogen Gas Is Now the Execution Method of Choice in Oklahoma Nitrogen Gas Is Now the Execution Method of Choice in Oklahoma

The United States is dealing with a drug shortage—a legal injection drug shortage, that is. In response, states where capital punishment is still practiced are having to come up with new ways of killing people. Earlier this week, Oklahoma announced that it will start using nitrogen gas for all its executions moving…

South Carolina Lawmakers Have Found a Reason to Bring Back the Electric Chair South Carolina Lawmakers Have Found a Reason to Bring Back the Electric Chair

South Carolina hasn’t killed anyone on death row in six years. Not because the state wouldn’t like to kill people, but simply because drug companies won’t sell them the lethal injection drugs to do it. In response, frustrated lawmakers in South Carolina held hearings today about bringing back the electric chair for…

Death Row Inmate Asks For Firing Squad After Multiple Botched Executions in the US Death Row Inmate Asks For Firing Squad After Multiple Botched Executions in the US

A death row inmate in Atlanta, Georgia has asked the court to execute him by firing squad. He argues that the pain medication he’s been on for the past decade would make him less susceptible to a fast death by lethal injection. And even people who aren’t taking pain medication have died in horrifying ways over the…

Anonymous Pharmacy Claims Supplying Execution Drugs Is Protected Speech Anonymous Pharmacy Claims Supplying Execution Drugs Is Protected Speech

In a bid to keep its identity secret, an anonymous pharmacy filed a motion Friday night arguing that selling the lethal agents used in 16 executions was protected political speech, “no different than signing a referendum petition or selling a t-shirt.”

Expert in Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case Did Research on Drugs.com Expert in Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case Did Research on Drugs.com

Tomorrow, when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the highest-profile death penalty challenge in seven years, the justices will begin ruling on this question: Does Oklahoma’s use of the common surgical sedative midazolam fail to make prisoners unconscious during lethal injections, thus violating the Eighth…

Over half of death sentences in the US come from 2 percent of counties Over half of death sentences in the US come from 2 percent of counties

Virtually every rich nation in the world has abolished the death penalty. But since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S. in 1976, courts have sentenced over 7,000 people to die. Shockingly, about 56 percent of death sentences currently come from just 2 percent of U.S. counties.

Why Tomorrow's Conservatives Will Reject The Death Penalty Why Tomorrow's Conservatives Will Reject The Death Penalty

Politicians going after Republican votes know from the polls that opposing capital punishment is a career-ending decision. But, a growing group of conservatives say it's time to reject a policy that they describe as an anti-life intrusion by big government. Is this the future of conservative politics?

An Animated Map Tracking The History Of The Death Penalty In The US An Animated Map Tracking The History Of The Death Penalty In The US

Capital punishment is legal in 32 states in the US, and the primary method of execution in each of them is lethal injection. But that hasn't always been the case.

Short On Execution Poison, Missouri Tries Return To Gas Chamber Short On Execution Poison, Missouri Tries Return To Gas Chamber

What happens if you're in charge of executing people in your modern-day state but run out of the poison for the lethal injections? Well, if you've still got some gas chambers sitting around, like Missouri does ....

Japan Reveals Its Execution Room For The First Time Japan Reveals Its Execution Room For The First Time

This stark, almost peaceful looking room is actually Japan's execution room. The ring on top holds the noose, the red square outlines the trapdoor and this is the first time Japan has ever shown these rooms off.

Utah attorney general announces execution on Twitter Utah attorney general announces execution on Twitter

Today marked an evolution of sorts for Twitter. It's no longer just for following your favorite celebrity rants or for informing your followers you're having a ham sandwich or just took a shower.

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