There were only 28 executions this year, the lowest number since 1991, and 49 new death sentences — a 33 percent decline from last year. The dip is partly due to litigation over drugs that are used to carry out lethal injections.
The justices Monday ruled 5-4 against three Oklahoma death row inmates who argued that the sedative drug as never meant for that purpose and doesn't work.
The Supreme Court ruled that midazolam does not violate the prohibition against cruel or unusual punishments.
Eric Holder has been making the rounds to sum up his legacy as the country’s first black man at the helm of the Justice Department, and one of its longest-serving leaders.
A lawsuit filed by another Oklahoma death row inmate details a grisly lethal injection process that lasted 43 minutes and made a mess, squirting blood all over a doctor.
Mike Christian, a Republican in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, called nitrogen asphyxiation "a humane way to die."
The second autopsy reveals that both the execution and the first autopsy weren't done very well.
"The idea that the government has the right to exercise its ultimate power in secret is one that we can all reject."
Botched and protracted executions make the barbarism of all capital punishments impossible to avoid.
Several horrific executions by lethal injection have prompted calls for reform — but more perfect killing methods shouldn't be our aim.
The slow, grisly death of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett shows what happens when we improvise secret, untested lethal injection mixtures.
Oklahoma State Penitentiary used drugs not intended for executions to kill a murderer.