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nitrogen gas has been deemed unacceptable for euthanizing animals. anti-capital punishment advocates on thursday condemned an announcement by oklahoma attorney general mike hunter this week that the state would begin using nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates, after being unable to secure lethal injection drugs. just reading about how much work has been put into finding a way to effectively kill human beings by the state of oklahoma gives me the chills. as an oklahoman, i am ashamed. - oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions - abc news - https://t.co/kuaysbmcpj via @abc— sr. theresa aletheia (@pursuedbytruth) march 15, 2018following challenges by prisoners and rights advocates, some manufacturers have stopped selling certain kinds of drugs to states for lethal injecti






stunning critics, oklahoma turns to 'experimental' use of nitrogen gas to kill p


the american veterinary medical association has deemed the use of nitrogen gas as unacceptable for euthanizing animals. anti-capital punishment advocates on thursday condemned an announcement by oklahoma attorney general mike hunter this week that the state would begin using nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates, after being unable to secure lethal injection drugs. just reading about how much work has been put into finding a way to effectively kill human beings by the state of oklahoma gives me the chills. as an oklahoman, i am ashamed. - oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions - abc news - https://t.co/kuaysbmcpj via @abc— sr. theresa aletheia (@pursuedbytruth) march 15, 2018following challenges by prisoners and rights advocates, some manufacturers have stopped sellin






oklahoma is poised to become the first state to use nitrogen gas in executions


oklahoma plans to start carrying out executions with nitrogen gas, a method that has never been used in the u.s. but that some states have already approved amid difficulties with lethal injections. at a news conference wednesday, oklahoma atty. gen. mike hunter and corrections director joe m. allbaugh...






alabama senate votes to allow execution by nitrogen gas


montgomery, ala. (ap) — alabama could become the third state to allow death row inmates to be executed by nitrogen gas — an execution method that has so far never been used— under a bill approved tuesday by the alabama senate. the alabama senate voted 25-8 to add nitrogen gas to lethal injection and the […]






alabama lawmakers approve execution by nitrogen gas


montgomery, ala. (ap) — alabama lawmakers have voted to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates. the alabama house of representatives on tuesday voted 75-23 for the bill. it now moves to gov. kay ivey for her signature. the bill would allow execution by nitrogen hypoxia if lethal injection drugs are […]






oklahoma says it will begin using nitrogen for all executions in place of lethal


oklahoma adopted nitrogen gas inhalation as its backup method of execution in april 2015 while the state was awaiting a u.s. supreme court ruling over the way lethal injections were carried out






once busy oklahoma death chamber stays quiet into 3rd year


oklahoma city (ap) — oklahoma, a state with one of the busiest death chambers in the country in recent decades, will enter its third year without an execution in 2018 while prison officials and state attorneys fine tune its procedure for putting condemned inmates to death. oklahoma attorney general mike hunter said last week he […]






oklahoma officials say nitrogen will be used for executions, making it first sta


oklahoma city (ap) — oklahoma officials say nitrogen will be used for executions, making it first state to use the gas for capital punishment.






oklahoma ag says state moving forward with execution plans


oklahoma city (ap) — oklahoma is moving forward with new protocols for executing death row inmates, despite a unanimous recommendation from a bipartisan study group that a moratorium on the death penalty remain in place, the state’s new attorney general said wednesday. republican mike hunter said while he respects the independent work of the oklahoma […]






search continues for 2 escaped inmates in northwest oklahoma


authorities were searching wednesday for two inmates who may be armed after overpowering two transport officers and stealing their van in northwestern oklahoma.






prison guards kill inmates after jailbreak in lae


guards shot inmates to death during mass escape, while 57 remain on the run, local police say, according to reports.






oklahoma house passes bill ending electric chair executions


oklahoma city (ap) — the oklahoma house approved legislation thursday to eliminate the electric chair as a method of execution, although it’s been more than 50 years since the state’s last electrocution. the bill lists which execution methods are allowed, including lethal injection, nitrogen hypoxia — which causes death by depleting oxygen in the blood […]






7 inmates charged in deadly oklahoma prison riot in 2015


stillwater, okla. (ap) — seven inmates have been charged in a 2015 riot at a private prison in oklahoma in which four prisoners were stabbed to death. online court records indicate the charges were filed monday in payne county district court. each defendant is charged with participating in a riot, a felony punishable by up […]






sheriff: 12 inmates charged after vicious jailhouse death


twelve inmates in louisiana are facing murder charges after a man who was jailed on a probation violation was beaten to death in what other inmates described as a "shark feeding frenzy."






former oklahoma sheriff busted for bizarre racial slur prior to black veteran’s


oklahoma jails might not be a racially sensitive place for inmates but apparently, it isn’t for employees of the jail either. courtroom testimony in tulsa, oklahoma monday revealed that in 2011 african-american staff at the tulsa county jail were called “n*gronoids” or “n*groids” by former she...






oklahoma halfway house contract canceled after inmate death


lax oversight of inmates at a halfway house in oklahoma city, including one inmate whose charred remains were discovered in a burned vehicle last month, led state prison officials to cancel its contract with the facility's operator, the head of oklahoma's prison system said monday.






critics: bill would have let abortion-seekers kill anyone


concord, n.h. (ap) — new hampshire state lawmakers have fixed a fetal homicide bill that critics said could have unintentionally let pregnant women kill anyone with impunity. the bill would allow murder charges to be brought against those who cause the death of a fetus. nearly 40 other states have fetal homicide laws. it would […]






$3.15m paid after oklahoma murder convictions overturned


oklahoma city (ap) — two former oklahoma death row inmates and their attorneys have settled wrongful conviction lawsuits against the state for a total of $3.15 million. records obtained by the oklahoman through an open records request show yancy douglas settled his lawsuit in august for $1 million and paris powell settled in september for […]






sheriff: 12 inmates charged after vicious jailhouse death


amite city, la. (ap) — twelve inmates in louisiana are facing murder charges after a man who was jailed on a probation violation was beaten to death in what other inmates described as a “shark feeding frenzy.” the tangipahoa parish sheriff’s office said in a news release the inmates were charged tuesday in connection with […]






america is a violent country. it needs the death penalty


to the editor: it's no surprise that the majority of california voters support the death penalty in this progressive state. (“execution is inhumane, no matter what method states use,” march 16) this country has more than 300 million guns in circulation and an incredibly high number of deaths as...






four inmates including suspected murderer escape from oklahoma jail


four inmates including a suspected murderer escaped from an oklahoma county jail on monday, prompting a manhunt, a sheriff’s office said. the escape was the second in three months for two of the four from the lincoln county jail, about 45 miles northeast of oklahoma city, the county sheriff sa...






editorial: prop. 66 unfair to death row inmates and bad for california


proposition 66 ignored the ample evidence that five years is not enough time for death row inmates to prove their innocence.






judge says virginia must keep death row reforms in place


alexandria, va. (ap) — a federal judge in virginia has found that treatment of inmates on virginia’s death row inmates was unconstitutional before recent changes and barred the state from reverting to the old policies. in 2015, the state reformed its treatment of death row inmates, but refused to commit to making those changes permanent. […]






panel to release detailed report on oklahoma’s death penalty


oklahoma city (ap) — an 11-member commission of prominent oklahomans that’s been conducting a comprehensive review of oklahoma’s use of the death penalty is expected to release its findings. members of the oklahoma death penalty review commission will discuss their final report tuesday at the state capitol. the commission was formed after oklahoma’s execution process […]






oklahoma’s once busy death chamber to stay quiet much longer


oklahoma city (ap) — oklahoma has had one of the busiest death chambers in the country for decades, executing more people per capita than any other state since the u.s. supreme court ruled in 1976 that death sentences could resume. but after a botched lethal injection in 2014 and drug mix-ups in 2015 that led […]






3 tennessee death row inmates lose supreme court appeals


washington (ap) — the supreme court has rejected appeals from three tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled. the justices on monday left in place state court rulings upholding the death sentences of inmates pervis payne, michael sample and vincent sims. the three men said tennessee has […]






colorado man charged in oklahoma in death of daughter’s mom


oklahoma city (ap) — a colorado man was charged with murder thursday in the death of his year-old daughter’s mother, a day after authorities in oklahoma caught up to him and the girl, who had been reported missing and was recovered unharmed. the oklahoma highway patrol arrested adam densmore, 32, on wednesday for violating a […]






inmates take 2 guards hostage in oklahoma prison riot


tulsa, okla. (ap) — hundreds of inmates — some armed with baseball bats and iron pipes — rioted at an oklahoma federal prison for about eight hours, taking two guards hostage and refusing to return to their cells before they were finally corralled by law enforcement officers, authorities said monday. the riot started late sunday […]






the 7 inmates scheduled to die in arkansas this month


arkansas intends to execute seven death row inmates between monday and april 27, a pace never seen since the u.s. supreme court reauthorized the death penalty in 1976.






inmates take 2 guards hostage in oklahoma prison riot


hinton, okla. (ap) — authorities say hundreds of inmates rioted at an oklahoma federal prison, taking two guards hostage and refusing to return to their cells. caddo county sheriff lennis miller says the riot started late sunday at the great plains correctional facility in hinton after a fight broke out in a yard. he says […]






sperm bank cited after deputy's death from liquid nitrogen


a georgia sperm bank has been cited two days after a sheriff's deputy died from inhaling liquid nitrogen while trying to save an employee.






arkansas inmates set to die thursday say they're innocent


lawyers for arkansas inmates condemned to die thursday in a planned double execution insist they are innocent and one of them says advanced dna techniques could show he didn't kill a woman in 1993. their strategy to win stays of execution is in marked contrast to the first two inmates who faced...






the 6 inmates scheduled to die in arkansas this month


after a stay was issued for one inmate friday, arkansas still intends to execute six death row inmates between monday and april 27, a pace exceeded only by texas since the u.s. supreme court reauthorized the death penalty in 1976.






oklahoma man arrested in death of wife following fight


lawton, okla. (ap) — an oklahoma man who allegedly supplied his wife with methamphetamine and then bound her after she became combative has been arrested following her death. police say 49-year-old brandon harris was arrested for second-degree manslaughter and drug charges following the death of heather harris, at their home in lawton, oklahoma, about 87 […]






oklahoma woman accused of plotting to kill israeli husband


an oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone via craigslist to travel to israel and kill her ex-husband with ricin.