capital punishment http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri's new execution drug: no silver bullet http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouris-new-execution-drug-no-silver-bullet <p>Missouri is the first state in the nation to change its protocol for executing prisoners from a three-drug cocktail to the single drug Propofol. The switch is due to a shortage of a key drug, which has stalled lethal injections across the country.</p><p>Other states may eventually follow Missouri&rsquo;s lead, but as St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Joseph Leahy reports, the drug known recently for killing pop star Michael Jackson is no silver bullet either.</p><p><strong>&quot;I just thought it was a good idea&quot;</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:55:54 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4111 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri's new execution drug: no silver bullet 21 Mo. death-row inmates sue over new execution drug http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/21-mo-death-row-inmates-sue-over-new-execution-drug <p>21 death-row prisoners <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/98577394/21-Death-Row-Inmates-File-Suit-Over-New-Lethal-Injection-Drug">are suing</a> the director of Missouri&rsquo;s Corrections Department over its new lethal injection drug.<br /><br />Director George Lombardi announced last month that Missouri would be the first in the nation to replace its three-drug protocol in favor of using the anesthetic Propofol for capital punishment.<br /> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:32:28 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4012 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 21 Mo. death-row inmates sue over new execution drug Death penalty abolition bill before Mo. House committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/death-penalty-abolition-bill-mo-house-committee <p>A House committee heard testimony&nbsp;Wednesday evening&nbsp;on<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1496&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Missouri</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;The bill would also commute sentences of all current Death Row inmates to&nbsp;life without parole.</p><p>Several people testified in favor of the bill, including<a href="http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Kevin_Green.php"> Kevin Green</a>, a California man who spent 16 years in prison on charges that he raped his wife and killed their unborn baby.&nbsp; He was eventually exonerated after DNA evidence showed another man had committed the crime.&nbsp;&nbsp;Green says doing hard time in prison is a harsher punishment than being executed. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 02:44:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3327 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Death penalty abolition bill before Mo. House committee Bill to abolish death penalty filed in Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-abolish-death-penalty-filed-mo-house <p>Legislation has been filed in the<a href="http://house.mo.gov/"> Missouri House </a>that would abolish the death penalty.</p><p>If&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1496&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">the bill</a> becomes law, any pending executions in Missouri would be halted, and all inmates sentenced to death would be re-sentenced to life without probation or parole.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=058">State Representative&nbsp;Penny Hubbard </a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis).&nbsp; She says&nbsp;she doesn&rsquo;t believe that&nbsp;capital punishment is an effective deterrent. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2960 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill to abolish death penalty filed in Mo. House