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Texas Executes Cary Kerr Using New Protocol

Last night, May 3, 2011, the State of Texas carried out the execution of Cary Kerr under a new lethal injection protocol that uses  pentobarbital rather than sodium thiopental as the first drug in the process.  This was the third execution in Texas this year (out of 13 nationwide) but the the first using a […]

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Texas Judge Denies Efforts to Block New Lethal Injection Protocol

On Friday, April 1, 2011 Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied efforts by Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster to invalidate a new protocol for carrying out executions.   Earlier in March, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) announced that it planned to replace sodium thiopental, the first drug used in the […]

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Texas Changes Lethal Injection Protocol

Today the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) announced that it is changing the way executions are carried out in this state.  According to the Associated Press (and reported by NPR): Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said they plan to substitute pentobarbital for sodium thiopental in the three-drug cocktail used for lethal injections. Pentobarbital also is […]

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Nationwide Drug Shortage Doesn’t Impact Texas Executions… Yet

There’s been a great deal of news lately regarding a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental, the anesthetic used in lethal injections. Hospira Inc. is the only U.S. company that manufacturers this drug, and it has blamed the shortage on unspecified problems with its raw-material suppliers.  According to a company spokesman, new supplies of the drug […]

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Lethal Injection Ruling Distraction from Real Death Penalty Concerns

April 16, 2008 – The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Kentucky’s lethal injection protocol sidesteps the critical issues surrounding the death penalty debate in the U.S., the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said today. “The death penalty system was a flawed public policy before the Supreme Court agreed to review Kentucky’s lethal injection […]

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Another Botched Execution in Texas?

Initial reports on last night’s execution of Charles Nealy sound like there were multiple problems. Tracking down details and will make it available, keep a close eye…. one more to add to the DPIC list!