lethal injection http://wrkf.org en States Swap One Drug For Another, And Botched Executions Follow http://wrkf.org/post/states-swap-one-drug-another-and-botched-executions-follow Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett is prompting other states to question their use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections. The Lockett execution is fueling new calls to re-examine how states put inmates to death. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Greg Allen 26160 at http://wrkf.org Death Penalty Drugs Bill Advances http://wrkf.org/post/death-penalty-drugs-bill-advances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>If you can’t get lethal injection drugs, how do you impose the death penalty?</p><p>"We have the death sentence. Whether some of you agree with that or disagree with it, that's what we have,” said House Criminal Justice committee chairman Joe Lopinto. “If we're going to have that we need to be able, as a state, to follow through with that order."</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 26105 at http://wrkf.org Death Penalty Drugs Bill Advances Insight: What Goes Up (for Debate) Often Comes Down http://wrkf.org/post/insight-what-goes-debate-often-comes-down <p>A couple of high-profile bills were on the Louisiana legislature's docket in the past week, both were dashed. A proposal to allow for medical marijuana was rejected and the possibility for the return of the electric chair was commuted to a more palatable proposal for shielding suppliers of lethal injection drugs.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:50:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries & Melinda Deslatte 26007 at http://wrkf.org States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works http://wrkf.org/post/states-struggle-find-execution-method-works States have always struggled to find humane ways to carry out the death penalty. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 25966 at http://wrkf.org States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply http://wrkf.org/post/missouri-execution-stalled-over-lethal-drugs-short-supply A few years ago, Missouri, like other states, was having trouble finding lethal execution drugs. Europe was balking, and U.S. drug manufacturers didn't want a part of it.<p>So Missouri turned to a place called a compounding pharmacy to make up the needed drugs based on the ingredients. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 22745 at http://wrkf.org Is The Death Penalty Dying A Slow Death? http://wrkf.org/post/death-penalty-dying-slow-death This week, the state of Louisiana delayed the execution of Christopher Sepulvado, who was convicted of killing his 6-year-old stepson more than two decades ago.<p>Sepulvado&#8217;s lawyers argued that the two drugs that Louisiana officials wanted to use to put Sepulvado to death would violate his eighth amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.<p>There&#8217;s a shortage of drugs used for capital punishment, and it&#8217;s leading some states to consider bringing back the electric chair or the firing squad.<p><em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jer Sat, 08 Feb 2014 16:50:20 +0000 editor 22339 at http://wrkf.org