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May 26, 2006

Lethal injection news and notes

The traditional media and the blogosphere provide these interesting lethal injection items:

  • The Tennessean, in this editorial entitled "Lethal-injection flaw lingers," complains about the Supreme Court's failure to take up on the merits the basic constitutionality of lethal injection protocols.  (The High Court's dodge is discussed here and here.)
  • The blog StandDown Texas Project notes here that Texas carried out its tenth lethal injection earlier the week and also now has a new execution date for the one defendant who got a temporary stay because of lethal injection protocol concerns (background here and here).
  • The Death Penalty Information Center has this brief recap of executions in 2006.  DPIC rightly notes that we are on a slow pace for the year, though the many lethal injection stays are the principle reason (background here and here).
  • Paul Butler at blackprof notes here that he recently did an interview for this NPR story which "explores the legal debate behind lethal injection."
  • The National Law Journal has up this story about the latest litigation development, entitled "Awaiting High Court Review of Lethal Injection, Circuits Are Divided."  It seems to be just a slightly updated version of the story recently run by the NLJ noted here.

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