OK and MO Governors Win Golden Padlock for Unwavering Commitment to Secrecy in Executions

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 3:30 pm

This weekend, the prestigious national journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) awarded its annual “Golden Padlock” award to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon for their commitment to government secrecy surrounding state executions.

 

Oklahoma’s Execution Procedures Found Appallingly Lacking in Newspaper Investigation

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 1:46 pm

When Oklahoma horrifically botched the execution of Clayton Lockett on April 29, many were left to wonder just how an execution could go so terribly wrong. A new Tulsa World investigation suggests that Oklahoma’s risky, flawed lethal injection procedures are at least partially to blame.

Justice John Paul Stevens Proposes Changes to the Constitution

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 6:35 pm

Retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 94, recently toured with his new book, titled, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. He proposes changes to: the Supremacy Clause of Article VI, political gerrymandering, campaign finance, sovereign immunity, the death penalty, and the second amendment.

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:20 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret.

NRA Announces a Solution for Botched Death Penalty

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 6:59 pm

To fulfill the need for complete disclosure the NRA executive have an option to purchase the third largest ammunition suppler in the US, to help the Militated Firing Squads fully execute their duties.

Oklahoma Execution Goes Wrong, Is Halted, Inmate Then Dies of Heart Attack – UPDATED

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 6:41 pm

Oklahoma tried to execute Clayton Lockett tonight and failed horribly, fifteen minutes after the drugs were administered the execution was called off.

Late Night: We’re Exceptional, All Right

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 8:00 pm

So it turns out that Michele Bachmann was right all along, but as usual, not in the way she intended. America is exceptional; just like say, Saudi Arabia is.

Torture, Racism, Drones & Unlawful Killings: UN Human Rights Committee Releases Report on US Government

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 3:18 pm

he United Nations Human Rights Committee completed its review of the United States’ compliance with a major human rights treaty. It takes issue with the government’s interpretation that the treaty only applies to persons when they are inside the country and also expresses concern with drones, racism, gun violence, excessive use of force by police, Guantanamo, NSA surveillance, mandatory detention of immigrants and impunity for those who commit torture and unlawful killings.

A Few Religious Objections to Hobby Lobby, et al.

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:57 pm

After reading through some of the recaps of the oral arguments at SCOTUS yesterday in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, it appears that some of the justices, and perhaps a majority, are willing to allow private religious objections to trump the laws, regulations, and ordinances enacted by local, state, and federal governments. Just so that no one is surprised later, I thought I’d lay out some of my strongly held religious beliefs now.

Web Series Raises Questions About Death Penalty Convictions

By: Sunday January 26, 2014 2:10 pm

One For Ten is, a documentary web series about people who have been exonerated and released from death row. Each of the ten films in this series range from 5-6 minutes and focus on an individual exonerees’ story. One For Ten’s co-director Will Francome explains, “Many of these people left prison and thought there was going to be an investigation, or some ramifications for the fact that the state almost killed them and they spent 20 years of their life on death row. They thought people were going to care and something was going to change. But nothing changes. So what is that about? What do people gain from the death penalty politically to make this self-perpetuating thing keep going?”

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