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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Oklahoma Death Penalty
Adam Banner - Thursday, July 02, 2015

On June 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued the opinion in the Oklahoma death penalty case Glossip v. Gross. In the majority opinion, SCOTUS once again affirmed the contstitutionality of the death penalty. While some see the decision as a potential "light at the the end of the tunnel," I feel as though the High Court has upheld a bar that will be exceedingly difficult to acheieve in future challenges to the methods and means of executing inmates in the United States of America. Read More

Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty as Supreme Court Considers Oklahoma Case
Adam Banner - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

One week ago, Nebraska became the 19th state to abolish the death penalty. The state's decision came roughly a month before the United States Supreme Court is expected to release its decision about the constitutionality of the lethal injection protocol in Oklahoma. Read More

Oklahoma and the Death Penalty: Big Changes Looming
Adam Banner - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Oklahoma has lately been a hotbed of activity in matters relating to the death penalty. The state that invented the lethal injection as a means of execution is now having its methods questioned by the United States Supreme Court, and less than two weeks ago, Oklahoma approved yet another new method of execution. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Lethal Injection Protocol
Adam Banner - Monday, January 26, 2015

The decision came too late to save Charles Warner. On January 15, Warner was executed by lethal injection on Oklahoma's death row after the United States Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution. The Supreme Court said that it would not review whether or not the use of a particular drug used in a lethal injection protocol for the execution of inmates was a violation of the Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Read More

The Death Penalty and the Impeachment of Justice(s)
Adam Banner - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Just when it looked like the lethal injection lawsuit in Oklahoma couldn’t be any more of a hot mess, the case got hotter and the issues got messier. A decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to stay the executions of the involved death row inmates prompted a state representative to draft a resolution seeking the impeachment of the five justices who voted in favor of the stay. Read More

Oklahoma Death Penalty Provision Declared Unconstitutional
Adam Banner - Monday, March 31, 2014

Last week, Oklahoma District Court Judge Patricia Parrish declared portions of Oklahoma's death penalty statutes as unconstitutional, due to the fact that the provisions denied prisoners due process.  Read More

Death Penalty Drugs Debate
Adam Banner - Thursday, March 06, 2014

As states scramble to decide the best course of action for dealing with the national shortage of death penalty drugs, Louisiana has taken a somewhat sensible position: the state has postponed the execution of one of its inmates in order to review the constitutionality of its new proposed poison – I mean “protocol.”  Read More


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