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Texas executes prisoner who asked to drop appeals

Huntsville - Daniel Lee Lopez, the Texas prisoner who fought with his attorneys to drop appeals of his death sentence, was executed Wednesday for killing an officer during a police chase in 2009.

Texas man expected to be executed Wednesday for killing cop

Huntsville - A Texas man convicted of killing a veteran Corpus Christie police lieutenant in 2009 will be executed Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Oklahoma votes to use new unproven method of executiion

Oklahoma lawmakers, scrambling for a backup method of execution that would replace lethal injection, have come up with a new way of killing someone. A bill now awaits the governor's signature that would allow nitrogen gas hypoxia to be used.

Utah bill proposes to bring back firing squad executions

Salt Lake City - Having previously discontinued the use of firing squad executions in Utah, a legislative committee has endorsed a bill that might bring the practice back.

Tennessee brings back the electric chair as drugs become scarce

Because of the scarcity of lethal injection drugs in the U.S., and the growing controversy surrounding their use, the state of Tennessee has taken the unprecedented step of bringing back the electric chair as a mandatory means of execution.

U.S. Supreme Court halts Missouri execution

Bonne Terre - The U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday halted the scheduled execution of a Missouri inmate who said his medical condition would cause a prolonged and excruciatingly painful death.

Quebec ready to legalize very restrictive euthanasia law

Next week, Quebec's National Assembly will begin the final journey in legalizing euthanasia in the province. Doing so will put Quebec first in North America to allow a physician to purposely end a patient's life.

Virginia bill to force use of electrocution returned to committee

In the U.S., lethal injection is the primary method of execution, although some states give the condemned a choice of a firing squad, hanging, the gas chamber or electrocution. But the drugs used in lethal injections have become difficult to obtain.

Woman executed in Texas for 1998 murder of her ex-boyfriend Special

Huntsville - A New York native became the 14th female to be executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, after the U.S. Supreme court rejected Texas offender Suzzanne Basso’s last minute appeal Wednesday.

Supreme Court temporarily halts Missouri execution Wednesday

Saint Louis - Update 10:35 p.m. U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay and execution will take place. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito granted a temporary stay of execution for Missouri offender Herbert Smulls who was scheduled to die just after midnight.

Some U.S. states may return to firing squad for executions

With European manufacturers boycotting the sale of the drugs normally used to painlessly execute prisoners in the United States, some politicians are panicking. Now they are looking for alternative methods to kill.

Man executed in Ohio using new lethal drug

Columbus - A convicted murderer has been executed in the State of Ohio using a drug combination never used before in state executions.

Texas 'running out' of key lethal injection drug

Huntsville - Texas, the state that executes more prisoners than any other state in the nation, is running out of a key drug used in its lethal injections.

Death row inmate Richard Cobb says 'Wow!' after lethal injection

Richard Cobb, 29, a Texas inmate executed Thursday for fatally shooting a man he abducted during a robbery in 2002 stunned witnesses when he shouted after receiving the lethal injection: "Wow! That is great. That is awesome! Thank you ******* warden."

Drug used in lethal injections not to be sent to US

Death penalty by injection in United States could be in jeopardy as European companies restriction the foreign trade of certain barbiturates.

Op-Ed: Poisonous injection, a lethal way to die

London - If Clive Stafford Smith ever decides to quit the legal profession, he would make a good stand up comedian, come to think of it, he already does.

UK: More than half of Britons support death penalty

More than half of the British population would support the reinstatement of the death penalty, a recent poll conducted online has found.

Op-Ed: Warning — Execution may damage your health

London - A short article concerning the forthcoming execution of two convicted murderers in the United States, and the involvement of the British Reprieve organisation.

3 Filipinos executed in China for drug smuggling

Manila - Despite last minute appeals made by the Philippine government for clemency, three Filipinos were executed in China on Wednesday after being convicted for smuggling drugs into the country.

Man says he killed his wife with lethal injection

Liverpool - A Nova Scotia man told the RCMP he played a role in his wife's death last month. The man says he gave his terminally ill wife a lethal injection to end her suffering from breast cancer.

Ohio executes Frank Spisak, Nazi sympathizer and triple murderer

Lucasville - Frank Spisak was put to death with an injection of sodium thiopental at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility this morning for his 1982 murderous spree in which he killed three people in the area surrounding Cleveland State University campus.

Forced abortions in China, 8 months into pregnancy

Xiamen - The one-child policy in China leads to an estimated 13 million known abortions annually, and many of these are performed on orders given by family planning officials. The video posted by Al Jazeera appeared first on a Chinese version of Twitter.

Prisoner facing second execution attempt next week

This week was to be Romell Broom's last as he walked down the long green mile to lay on a gurney and die. The attempt failed. If a new execution takes place next week, he will be only the second man in US modern history to have been executed twice.

Botched execution leaves inmate 'traumatized,' drug use blamed

After executioners are unable to find a suitable vein during a lethal injection procedure on an Ohio inmate, the governor delays the execution for a week.

Ohio Man To Face Death Penalty Tuesday

Jason Getsy 33, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville, Ohio, for the 1995 murder of a Hubbard, Ohio, woman.

Texas Clearing Its Prisons: Six Set to Die This Month

Texas and other states will be cleaning house for the new year, with more than two dozen convicted inmates scheduled to die for 2009. In January alone, there are 8 on the books, 6 of them from Texas.

Lethal Injection Not Unconstitutional In Recent US Supreme Court Ruling

On Wednesday, April 16, the United States Supreme Court had rejected the case by two death row inmates in the state of Kentucky. In short, the US Supreme Court has backed the use of death by lethal injection.

Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Lethal Injections in Kentucky

In what could be a precedent setting case, the Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of lethal injections in the state of Kentucky. Two inmates sentenced to death filed suit in 2004 questioning the validity of the process.

Not a Pretty Story

I will warn you this story isn't pretty. It's about the life and death of one child and the man who did the ultimate wrong.

Tennessee Carries Out First Execution Since Lethal Injection Review

Philip R. Workman was convicted 25 years ago for killing a Memphis police officer. The day for his execution was today after five times of it being stayed. His execution took place this morning at Riverbend prison on the industrial outskirts of this cit
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MISSOURI EXECUTION: Photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Michael Worthingt...
MISSOURI EXECUTION: Photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Michael Worthington, who was executed Wednesday for killing a female college student in 1995.
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.
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Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Shown is the prison's execution chamber in 1999. The electric chair is shown next to a lethal injection gurney.
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File photo: A US execution chamber showing the gurney prisoners are strapped to for death by lethal injection
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison  completed in 2010.
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.
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The lethal injection room.
The lethal injection room.
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison  completed in 2010.
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.
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A photograph of the lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.
A photograph of the lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.
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Administering medications through an intravenous line.
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