lethal injection http://kosu.org en Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions http://kosu.org/post/small-steady-downward-trend-us-executions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's a little-noticed fact about the death penalty. We've heard a big debate about how to execute people - lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad. That debate obscures a little-noticed fact - the number of people executed by any method is way down in the United States in recent years. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been covering this story. She's in our studios. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 4487 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions http://kosu.org/post/oklahoma-arizona-inmates-sue-stop-executions Death row inmates in two states are taking legal action to stop states from using the kind of multi-drug protocol that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio.<p>The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried out, notes the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/25/oklahoma-death-row-inmates-file-lawsuit-unconstitutional-executions" target="_blank">Guardian</a>.<p>Twenty-one death row inmates in Oklahoma filed suit against state officials, arguing the three-drug method used in that state violat Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:08:00 +0000 editor 4346 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions With Just Hours To Go, Federal Court Halts Texas Execution http://kosu.org/post/texas-set-first-execution-oklahomas-botched-attempt <strong>Update at 4:57 p.m. ET. Federal Court Halts Execution: </strong><p>With just hours to go, a federal court has halted the execution of Texas inmate Robert Campbell.<p>The execution would have been the first since Oklahoma botched one in April.<p>The ruling has nothing to do with the drug shortage that's dominated the narrative over the death penalty in the country. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:10:00 +0000 editor 2255 at http://kosu.org With Just Hours To Go, Federal Court Halts Texas Execution May's On Tap Focuses on the Death Penalty http://kosu.org/post/mays-tap-focuses-death-penalty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Join us o</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n Wednesday, May 28 at </span>6pm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for this month's On Tap at </span><a href="http://www.picassosonpaseo.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Picasso Cafe</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Oklahoma City.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:03:06 +0000 KOSU News 2216 at http://kosu.org May's On Tap Focuses on the Death Penalty Oklahoma Delays Next Execution For 6 Months http://kosu.org/post/oklahoma-delays-next-execution-6-months Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Friday, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>The state of Oklahoma now has at least six more months to get to know Charles Warner. He's a man who was scheduled to die, is sentenced for a brutal crime. But the state attorney general agreed to a stay of execution. That gives the state time to investigate the way it puts people to death. Fri, 09 May 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Rachel Hubbard 2099 at http://kosu.org The Messy Legal Road That Led To Oklahoma's Botched Execution http://kosu.org/post/messy-legal-road-led-oklahomas-botched-execution Although most of the country just became aware of issues with Oklahoma's capital punishment protocols last week after Clayton Lockett's bungled execution, his lawyers had been worried for months. That's because in January, two condemned men in different states but injected with the same new drug cocktail endured executions that went badly. Lockett's lawyer, Susanna Gattoni, was unable to keep him from suffering a similar fate last week.<p>"We were alarmed by a Ohio execution that was actually the same protocol that was used for Mr. Lockett. Thu, 08 May 2014 22:01:59 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 2034 at http://kosu.org The Messy Legal Road That Led To Oklahoma's Botched Execution The Executioner's Lament http://kosu.org/post/executioners-lament In 1977, death row inmate Gary Mark Gilmore chose to be executed by a firing squad. Gilmore was strapped to a chair at the Utah State Prison, and five officers shot him.<p>The media circus that ensued prompted a group of lawmakers in nearby Oklahoma to wonder if there might be a better way to handle executions. They approached Dr. Thu, 08 May 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 2004 at http://kosu.org The Executioner's Lament States Swap One Drug For Another, And Botched Executions Follow http://kosu.org/post/states-swap-one-drug-another-and-botched-executions-follow Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett is prompting other states to question their use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections. The Lockett execution is fueling new calls to re-examine how states put inmates to death. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Greg Allen 1882 at http://kosu.org Should Doctors Participate In Executions? http://kosu.org/post/should-doctors-participate-executions Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma this past week has reignited the debate over the use of lethal injection in this country. According to reporters at the scene, Clayton Lockett writhed in pain after receiving the lethal combination of drugs. He had a heart attack 43 minutes later and died. Sun, 04 May 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 1822 at http://kosu.org A Window To Executions: How To Cover Death For A Living http://kosu.org/post/window-executions-how-cover-death-living <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday<em> host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p>As a criminal justice reporter for The Associated Press, Michael Graczyk has covered hundreds of executions of death row inmates in the state of Texas. This means, of course, that he must be there to witness those deaths.<p>This past week, after an execution in Oklahoma went terribly wrong, many people turned their attention again to capital punishment — and to the reporters who cover it. Sun, 04 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 1819 at http://kosu.org A Window To Executions: How To Cover Death For A Living