Goodbye Hello: Supreme Court Takes On Lethal Injection Protocol

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of three inmates on Oklahoma’s death row. They are challenging the use of the sedative midazolam in that state’s lethal injection executions. In theory, the drug renders the inmate unconscious in an effort to spare him or her the excruciating pain that the remaining two
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Public Defenders Commit To Ending Racial Bias In the Justice System

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A group of North Carolina public defenders rallied in Charlotte just a couple of days shy of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. What brought them together was a common belief that the criminal justice system across the country is plagued by racial bias, discrimination and inequality. The first speaker called on Dr. King’s
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Death Penalty: If This Train Is Moving, Why Isn’t The Scenery Changing?

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We are still pondering the Death Penalty Information Center’s 2014 year-end report. The organization found that the number of executions and death sentences decreased nationwide last year to levels the country hasn’t seen in decades. And, the numbers have been declining steadily over the past several years. For opponents of capital punishment, this is clearly
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Death Penalty Report: The Only Change, Really, Is In The Numbers

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The Death Penalty Information Center recently published its annual report on executions in the U.S. The statistics are telling — as is the reporting about the statistics — and timely. We found it dovetailed nicely with another story. More on that in a bit. Nationwide, DPIC says, there were 35 executions in 2014. Not only
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