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Closing of Curtains During Execution Raises Questions

August 22, 2018 |

The Aug. 14 execution of Carey Dean Moore in Nebraska garnered national attention because authorities used a heretofore untested cocktail of four drugs to end the life of the convicted killer. But now, another aspect of the execution is attracting attention: the fact that authorities at Nebraska State Penitentiary closed…
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Japan Carries Out 2nd Mass Execution This Month

July 26, 2018 |

Thursday was the final day of reckoning for members a doomsday cult that killed dozens of people in Japan in the 1990s. Six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged, weeks after the mass execution of cult leader Shoko Asahara and another six of his followers , the BBC reports….
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Judge Halts Nevada’s Controversial Execution Plan

July 11, 2018 |

A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death, the AP reports. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallowed the use of the drug in a ruling…
Newser

Lawyers: Boys Don’t Cry Killer Is Ineligible for Execution

April 5, 2018 |

Attorneys for a Nebraska death row inmate whose case inspired the 1999 movie Boys Don’t Cry say he should be ruled ineligible for execution because he has the intellect of a young child. John Lotter was sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 killings of Brandon Teena, a…
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Man Who Walked Out of Execution Chamber Alive Won’t Return to It

March 27, 2018 |

Last month, Doyle Lee Hamm walked out of an Alabama execution chamber alive. On Tuesday, the inmate’s legal team said a private settlement had been reached to ensure the state won’t try to execute Hamm again. Hamm, sentenced to death for killing a motel clerk during a 1987 robbery, was…
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In Japan, Signs Suggest Mass Execution Might Occur

March 20, 2018 |

Japan may be readying itself for a mass hanging. The Guardian reports that signs suggest the long-awaited executions of the doomsday cult members behind the infamous 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may soon come to pass. The two big indications: It reports the country typically holds…
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Lawyer: Rare Condition Could Make Execution ‘Gruesome’

March 19, 2018 |

A condemned Missouri inmate faces a potentially “gruesome and painful” execution because of a rare medical condition that compromises the man’s veins and causes multiple tumors in his head and throat, his attorney says. Russell “Rusty” Bucklew is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday evening for killing a former girlfriend’s…
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Texas killer granted clemency, halting scheduled execution

February 23, 2018 |

A convicted killer’s execution Thursday was overturned shortly before he was scheduled for lethal injection when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott granted him clemency.
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Texas Gov. Halts Execution for 1st Time in Over a Decade

February 23, 2018 |

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has accepted the state parole board’s recommendation and is sparing the life of convicted killer Thomas “Bart” Whitaker, the AP reports. The 38-year-old Whitaker was set for execution Thursday evening for masterminding a murder plot that took the lives of his mother and younger brother at…
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Texas ‘Tourniquet Killer’ Set to Be First US Execution of 2018

January 18, 2018 |

A man who became known as Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of his signature murder technique on four female victims more than two decades ago is set to become the nation’s first prisoner executed in 2018. Texas prison officials are scheduled to give Anthony Allen Shore, 55, a lethal injection Thursday…
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