Tag Archives: death penalty

Supreme Court Allows States to Use Lethal Injection Drugs Not Made in the US

The Supreme Court ruled that states can now use the a previously approved lethal injection drug even if the drug is not manufactured in the United States. The Court had previously approved the use of a certain drug that was…

Study Shows Racial Disparity in Death Penalty Sentences

A new study evaluated death sentences over 28 years in North Carolina and found major distinctions depending on the race of the victim. In particular, the study found that a defendant was three times as likely to get the death…

Against assisted suicide

A few days ago the Canadian House of Commons rejected an assisted suicide bill. The proposed legislation would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients or people in unrelenting pain to end their lives. Currently, doctors or nurses or anyone else…

US Supreme Court Halts Execution One Hour Before Scheduled

The US Supreme Court halted the execution of a Texas inmate just one hour before it was scheduled to take place. The execution has been stayed pending the court’s consideration of a petition on civil grounds. The defendant is asking…

Texas Judge Grants Motion Declaring Death Penalty Unconstitutional

A Texas judge granted a defense motion arguing the death penalty was unconstitutional for their client. In granting the motion, Judge Kevin Fine said: “Based on the moratorium (on the death penalty) in Illinois, the Innocence Project and more than…

Why Can’t the US Follow Europe’s Lead in Abolishing the Death Penalty?

The evidence, and public opinion, suggests the US should follow Europe’s lead and abolish the death penalty. Bianca Jagger recently delivered a speech at the Fourth Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland and raised a number of key…

Texas Judge Under Fire For Conduct in Death Penalty Case

Special prosecutors in Texas are demanding consequences for the controversial actions of a Texas judge who presided over a death penalty case. The Commission of Judicial Conduct is accusing the judge of smearing the judiciary after she refused to keep…