Tag Archives: lethal-injection drugs

Burning at the Stake

Ohio has introduced a lethal injection protocol as cruel and unusual as “burning at the stake, crucifixion, and breaking on the wheel” (examples of punishments which the US constitution forbids as cruel and unusual). The state is emboldened by a … Continue reading

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President Trump

President Obama has misgivings about the application of the death penalty; President Trump will have no such qualms. In 1989 Trump funded full page ads in four New York newspapers, calling for the return of the death penalty. The ads referred … Continue reading

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A Critical Turning Point

Last week the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, announced it was prohibiting the use of its chemicals as execution drugs. It thus brought the US death penalty to a new juncture. As the human rights organisation, Reprieve, commented:  “This is a critical turning … Continue reading

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Many Positives

Death penalty opponents, including Jeffrey Wogenstahl, on Ohio’s death row, can take heart from some recent important developments regarding the death penalty: President Obama has said the way the death penalty is implemented is “deeply troubling”. The pope has condemned the … Continue reading

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Another New Execution Date

Jeffrey Wogenstahl was handed a letter on Monday telling him his execution date has been postponed from November 16 2016 to September 13 2017.  At first the news seemed wonderful –the pressure on his lawyers is decreased. Today came the backlash, … Continue reading

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Lack of Execution Drugs

Ohio’s current execution policy calls for single doses of either sodium thiopental or pentobarbital, both powerful sedatives. But drugs for lethal injections are hard to come by. The EU banned the export of these drugs for use in executions. Ohio responded by passing … Continue reading

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