The US Supreme Court has reportedly granted a temporary stay of execution to a cancer-stricken death row inmate in the state of Alabama

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This was the first time a person was executed using a new three-drug protocol that included the drug etomidate. It replaced the sedative midazolam, which has been used in multiple prolonged or seemingly painful executions in the past, and which pharmaceutical companies have refused to sell for use in executions, leading to shortages

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Death penalty laws are on the books in 31 states, but only five carried out executions last year. Now Arkansas is rushing to execute death row inmates at an unprecedented pace this month, before the state’s supply of lethal drugs expires

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The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced on Friday that it had imposed sweeping controls on the distribution of its products to ensure that none are used in lethal injections, a step that closes off the last remaining open-market source of drugs used in executions

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Is lethal injection the most humane method of execution? Is there another way? Should we eliminate the death penalty altogether? Here’s some of the best reporting on the practice

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma’s lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment

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It is the second time in seven years that the justices have looked at the lethal injection question, and it comes after three botched executions over the past year

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A Q&A with our Leonard Rubenstein about physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and the constitutionality of death penalty protocols

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