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Ohio adds new execution method after supplies of go-to lethal injection drug dry up

From the article: “The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on Friday announced it would soon allow a new chemical cocktail to be shot intravenously during lethal injections.”

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Ohio adds new execution method after supplies of go-to lethal injection drug dry up

From the article: “The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on Friday announced it would soon allow a new chemical cocktail to be shot intravenously during lethal injections.”

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Ohio prison officials to face future executions with new drug to replace expired supply

From the article: “Ohio is looking to the future of its execution procedure after the lethal injection of a killer whose death exhausted the state’s last unexpired dose of its execution drug, the powerful sedative pentobarbital.”

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OR: Convicted Ore. murderer killed in prison

From the article: “The Department of Corrections says 45-year-olod Joseph Akins was found in his cell Saturday morning. The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the matter in cooperation with local prosecutors.”

This, to me, is similar to the recent suicide that we had in Ohio’s Death Row.  Pretty sure that the idea is that the state is supposed to put him to death, not another inmate or by his own hand…

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MT: Execution-method changes called unconstitutional

From the article: ” Montana prison officials revised lethal-injection procedures after a judge ruled the previous methods were unconstitutional, but a civil rights organization and attorneys for a death row inmate said the changes still put condemned prisoners at risk of unnecessary suffering.”

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Texas executes 500th inmate since state resumed capital punishment

From the article: “McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, south of Dallas. Authorities say McCarthy cut off Booth’s finger to remove her wedding ring.”

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SC Death Row three-time killer’s death being investigated

From the article: “Kenneth Justus, a convicted three-time killer whose crimes symbolized to many a reason for the death penalty, has died on South Carolina’s Death Row while awaiting execution. Justus, 46, was found in his cell at the maximum security Lieber Correctional Institution Tuesday night, state Department of Corrections spokesman Clark Newsom said Wednesday.”

It could be a homicide, but this is actually somewhat hard to imagine.  In Ohio, our death row population is extremely quiet, as far as I know.  Despite their crimes, there’s not a lot of violence.  They are strictly managed, but they do have the ability to interact in small numbers and I’ve never heard of one seriously assaulting another.  Maybe it’s the gravity of the sentence that they share…

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Gov. Rick Scott speeding up Florida inmate execution process

From the article: “Gov. Rick Scott has accelerated the pace of signing death warrants in Florida by lining up three executions over the next few weeks, the most in such a brief period of time in more than two decades.”

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Maryland Repeals Death Penalty

From the article: “Maryland officially became the sixth state in six years to repeal the death penalty Thursday. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the repeal bill, checking off a major legislative priority in what he called, “the most productive legislative session in modern memory.”

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