death penalty http://wrkf.org en The Executioner's Lament http://wrkf.org/post/executioners-lament In 1977, death row inmate Gary Mark Gilmore chose to be executed by a firing squad. Gilmore was strapped to a chair at the Utah State Prison, and five officers shot him.<p>The media circus that ensued prompted a group of lawmakers in nearby Oklahoma to wonder if there might be a better way to handle executions. They approached Dr. Thu, 08 May 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 26296 at http://wrkf.org The Executioner's Lament 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 Death Penalty Fades As Hot-Button Issue http://wrkf.org/post/death-penalty-fades-hot-button-issue It's almost hard to remember how dominant an issue the death penalty was a generation ago.<p>Crime and drugs were the top issues for voters in 1994. Not coincidentally, support for the death penalty <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-voters-democratic-politicians-death-penalty-views-20140430,0,4667720.story#ixzz30TmgVfKy" target="_blank">peaked</a> that year, at 80 percent, according to Gallup polling.<p>Opposition to the death penalty once cost prominent politicians their jobs, from New York Democratic Gov. Fri, 02 May 2014 11:03:00 +0000 editor 26030 at http://wrkf.org Death Penalty Fades As Hot-Button Issue 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 Insight: Louisiana's Abortion Rules, Execution Method in Limbo http://wrkf.org/post/insight-louisianas-abortion-rules-execution-method-limbo <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-245fe582-0c41-7f0b-5ce3-e02a92844ad8" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">There were developments related to two hot-button issues this week in Louisiana: abortion and the death penalty. </span></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:25:16 +0000 Amy Jeffries & Melinda Deslatte 22271 at http://wrkf.org TUESDAY: YDOA President Rod Snyder, Defense Lawyer John DiGiulio, Minister Nathan Ryan http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-ydoa-president-rod-snyder-defense-lawyer-john-digiulio-minister-nathan-ryan <p>Jim has a chat with Rod Snyder, President of Young Democrats of America, about the Obama Presidency, and the GOP's hopes of re-taking the White House in 2016.</p><p>Local criminal defense attorney John DiGiulio&nbsp;discusses the death penalty in Louisiana.</p><p>A visit with Nathan Ryan, who is about to be ordained as a minister of the Unitarian church, something that doesn't happen frequently in Baton Rouge.</p><p><em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:29:23 +0000 Jim Engster 6341 at http://wrkf.org