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The Pursuit of Torture

On Wednesday this week, Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s fellow inmate, Alva Campbell, is set to die. As a child, Alva Campbell was forced by his father to play games of torture. One was the electrical current game: all the children held hands … Continue reading

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The USA: A Shameful Record

The USA has a poor reputation when it comes to executions. A report* by Amnesty International found the following: -Most UN member states were execution-free last year;** but the USA continued to execute. -The USA was the only one of … Continue reading

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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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Risk of Intolerable Pain and Suffering

For death penalty opponents, whose stance is no longer opposed by the majority of the US population, today is a very sad day: the Ohio Attorney General’s office has announced that it wishes executions to resume in January. What is more, the new lethal … 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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Ohio Pursues Unregulated Drug Markets

Last month we reported that Ohio had been granted a licence by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) allowing it to import sodium thiopental (one of the two drugs permitted for executions in Ohio). We noted, however, that a different … Continue reading

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A Bitter Blow

The Glossip v. Gross ruling is a bitter blow for death penalty opponents. A deeply divided and acrimonious US Supreme Court ruled 5:4 last week that: “Because the death penalty is constitutional there must be a constitutional way of carrying it … Continue reading

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