Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Determined That A Badly Botched Execution Was An "Innocent Misadventure"
Judge Neil Gorsuch has heard — and sided with the government in — several recent and important execution cases.
Texas Almost Bought Execution Drugs From 5 Men In India Who Were Accused Of Selling Illegal Party Pills
For the first time, BuzzFeed News reports on the secret backstory to Texas’ two-year search for illegal, overseas execution drugs.
Virginia Lawyers Want To Know Why Wednesday Night's Lethal Injection Took So Long
"Mr. Gray was observed turning his head from side to side a minute or more after the [Virginia Department of Corrections'] 'pinch test,'" attorneys for Ricky Gray said.
Missouri Execution Drug Purchases Revealed
Death row inmates spent years fighting over Missouri's use of compounded pentobarbital. A sealed court filing obtained by BuzzFeed News says they may have been fighting the wrong thing.
Texas Sues Over Feds' Withholding Of Overseas Execution Drugs
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says only "gross incompetence or willful obstruction" explain the delay on a final decision by the US Food and Drug Administration as to whether the state can import execution drugs.
After Botched Execution, Arizona Agrees To Never Use A Controversial Sedative Again
The state has agreed to stop using midazolam, a drug similar to valium that was linked to several botched executions in recent years. Without the drug, the state has few options on how to go forward with lethal injections.
Alabama Executes Inmate After Split Supreme Court Allows It To Proceed
The Supreme Court declined to halt the execution of Ronald Smith Jr. for a 1994 murder. A jury had recommended life imprisonment, but a judge nonetheless sentenced Smith to death.
Georgia Executes Man For Murdering His Father-In-Law
William Sallie's lawyers had appealed to the US Supreme Court to stop his execution over claims of jury bias during his trial.
Nebraska Agency Defends Illegal Execution Drug Purchase As A "Unique Process"
Last year, Nebraska spent more than $25,000 on illegal execution drugs they never received from a man in India. The department of corrections defended its conduct to auditors in a report released Monday.
Texas Appeals Court Halts Yet Another Execution
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed another execution after concerns over the mental competency of an inmate. This year will have Texas's fewest executions in more than two decades.
After Bringing Back The Death Penalty, Nebraska Looks To Act In Secret
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services wants to allow its execution drug suppliers to be secret from now on. In the past, the state has (unsuccessfully) bought illegal execution drugs.
Alabama Probably Won't Be Trying A Never-Before-Used Single-Drug Lethal Injection
Alabama offered to execute inmate Ronald Bert Smith next month with a sedative that's never before been used as the sole drug in an execution. But the talks fell through this past week.
Alabama Offers To Execute Inmate With Never-Before-Used, Single-Drug Injection
A death row inmate offered up a few alternative ways to be put to death next month. The Alabama Department of Corrections says it's willing to try one of them.
How Donald Trump Could Revitalize The Death Penalty
Trump could have a serious impact on the death penalty if he wanted to. Here's how.
Instead Of Voting To Abolish The Death Penalty, Californians Decide To Speed It Up
The state houses more than 700 death row inmates — a quarter of the nation's death row.
Nebraska Votes To Bring Back The Death Penalty
A year after Nebraska's legislature abolished the state's death penalty, voters in the state successfully restored the punishment.
51 Percent Of California Voters Want To Abolish The Death Penalty
California and Nebraska will decide next week whether they will keep the death penalty and both measures would have national implications on the debate over capital punishment. Polls show voters are conflicted.
Supreme Court Grants Stay Of Scheduled Alabama Execution
Tommy Arthur was scheduled to die Thursday for a 1982 murder-for-hire. The Supreme Court halted the execution just before midnight.
Georgia Executes Man For Killing A Cop In 1997
Gregory Lawler shot two police officers 19 years ago. It was Georgia's seventh execution this year.
Appeals Court Reverses Itself, Says Missouri Execution Drug Supplier Can Stay Secret
After hearing more information from the state and the anonymous supplier, a conservative panel of judges said Missouri's execution drug supplier doesn't have to be revealed.