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New law allows Tennessee to plan record number of executions — and keep details secret

The state of Tennessee has asked to execute a record number of death row inmates — and a new law means that the state can plan it all in secret. According to the Times Free Press, officials have asked the state Supreme Court for permission to execute 10 inmates, the…

Child killer’s execution delayed after his organ donation offer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) granted a six-month stay of execution for a convicted child killer on Wednesday so that the state can look into the possibility of taking organ donations from death row inmates like him, NBC News reported. Kasich’s order came a day before 40-year-old Ronald Phillips was…

Maryland Senate approves bill to end the death penalty

Maryland, which has not executed any one since 2005, is set to abolish the death penalty for good within days, becoming the 18th US state to do so. A bill proposed by Governor Martin O’Malley to end capital punishment passed the state senate Wednesday, and the measure is widely tipped…

DEA seizes execution drugs obtained on the black market by Georgia

ATLANTA (Reuters) – U.S. authorities seized Georgia’s supply of a drug used in executions on Tuesday because of concerns about how it was imported, a move praised by death penalty opponents. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took control of the state’s sodium thiopental, a sedative that attorneys for several death…

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