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May 4, 2007

April litigation still brings May executions

It was a cold dark winter for death penalty fans in 2007, with only one execution nationwide in any state other than Texas (details here from DPIC).  But spring has brought new life to the death penalty, with an execution in Ohio last week and executions in the last 24 hours in Alabama and indiana (local AP stories here and here).

I would not yet say that the lethal injection litigation log-jam is breaking, but it does seem likely that two or three other states may also go forward with scheduled execution in the next few weeks (see DPIC list here).  And, ast more executions that go forward without ugly incident, it becomes more likely that jurisdictions with de facto moratoriums feel more comfortable returning to their old lethal injection ways.

Still, I am sticking with my prediction that 2007 will have an notably low number of executions in recent US history, in part because of all the lethal injection scrummages.

May 4, 2007 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

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Tennesse may not get to carry out its execution of Workman this May. Some Clinton judge granted a TRO.

Posted by: federalist | May 4, 2007 6:13:56 PM

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