Latest Lethal injection Stories

2011-06-09 23:35:05

Should physicians be banned from assisting in a lethal injection execution, or lose professional certification for doing so? A recent ruling by the American Board of Anesthesiology will revoke certification of anesthesiologists who participate in capital punishment, and other medical boards may act similarly. An article in the Hastings Center Report concludes that decertification of physicians participating in lethal injections by a professional certifying organization goes too...

2011-01-25 17:46:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- See video from European Parliament at: http://www.thenewsmarket.com/Releases/StoryDetailPage.aspx?GUID=e59b3c25-b3cb-4dd8-bbbe-2c5a80e08675# An immediate EU-wide ban on the export of lethal injection drugs was called today in Brussels after British NGO Reprieve revealed that a UK based company, Dream Pharma, supplied the state of Arizona with the drugs needed for an execution. Claude Moraes, S&D spokesperson on civil liberties, called on...

2011-01-22 08:45:44

An American company that is the only US producer of a drug used in lethal injections announced Friday it had decided to permanently stop its production because it was unable to guarantee it would not be used in executions in the United States. Hospira Inc., the Illinois-based maker of sodium thiopental -- a sedative legally required in all lethal injections of US death row inmates -- said it has been in short supply in the United States for more than a year. The company had been working to...

2010-10-25 09:20:00

Capital punishment sentences across the country are being postponed due to a shortage of a drug used to carry out the executions, the AFP news agency reported on Sunday. According to reporter Lucile Malandain, "Only one pharmaceutical company in the United States, Hospira, currently manufactures the drug, the anesthetic sodium thiopental"¦ But it is out of stock and will not be able to resume production until the first quarter of 2011, and Hospira's most recent batch is nearing its...

2008-10-04 18:00:24

THE inquest into the death of a grandmother who was given a lethal injection by a student nurse has closed. Edna Alker, 91, of Orrell, died after receiving a fatal dose of potassium chloride by trainee nurse Rebecca Riley. The John Moores university student had misunderstood instructions from her supervisor and had administered the injection in one go instead of over the course of a few hours, the inquest heard. Ms Riley was a week off completing her training at the high dependency...

2008-07-31 06:00:23

By Sarah Avery, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 31--Doctors were never meant to play an active role in executions, the N.C. Medical Board argues in a brief it filed Wednesday with the N.C. Supreme Court. The board, which is embroiled in a legal challenge over the way North Carolina carries out the death penalty, contends that the state legislature used specific language requiring doctors to "be present" at executions, but explicitly did not say they should participate. The...

2008-07-25 09:00:51

JARRATT, Va. (AP) -- A killer who argued Virginia's procedures for lethal injection were unconstitutional was executed Thursday after a federal appeals court upheld the state's primary method of capital punishment. Christopher Scott Emmett, 36, was convicted of beating a co- worker to death with a brass lamp in 2001 so he could steal the man's money to buy crack cocaine. Emmett's appeal was the first to require a federal appeals court to interpret a U.S. Supreme Court decision in April...

2007-09-25 15:00:00

THE announcement last week by physician-assisted suicide advocates that they will start providing information to the terminally ill is the sad result of the state Legislatures failure to pass a needed law to help those in the final days of life. The End of Life Consultation Service does not plan to provide, nor administer, to a patient the means to die. Rather, it will provide advice on accessing pain treatment and end-of-life care. The group is approaching, but apparently trying not to...

2006-08-29 19:27:10

McALESTER, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Oklahoma executed a former handyman by lethal injection on Tuesday for the 1994 robbery and murder of an Oklahoma City woman. Eric Allen Patton, 49, was condemned for stabbing Charlene Kauer, 56, to death with several knives, a barbecue fork and a pair of scissors on December 16, 1994. Patton's fingerprints matched those found on the barbecue fork left protruding from Kauer's chest. Patton confessed to the killing, but later appealed his conviction on...

2006-08-11 01:43:40

HELENA, Montana (Reuters) - Triple murderer David Dawson was put to death by lethal injection at Montana State Prison at 12:06 a.m. on Friday, marking the state's third execution since 1995. Dawson, 57, had said he wanted to die and for two years disavowed all efforts to postpone his execution or reduce his death sentence for the strangulation murders of three members of a family in a motel in Billings, Montana 20 years ago. A coalition of the American Civil Liberties Union, church...

Latest Lethal injection Reference Libraries

2010-10-26 18:09:56

Execution by electrocution, started in the United States, is an execution method in which the person being killed is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body. Although its use is in decline the electric chair has become a symbol of the death penalty even though it was only used in the United States and briefly in the Philippines. The goal of the chair was to incapacitate the organs of the body in order to cause death. This was done...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'