death penalty http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Video: The Death Penalty In Missouri From All Sides http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/video-death-penalty-missouri-all-sides <p>The use of the death penalty is on the rise in Missouri. I looked at the numbers recently, and the state has carried out more executions in the past five months than it has in the preceding eight years.</p><p>The Nine Network's Stay Tuned devoted a full hour to the topic: the death penalty's implementation, struggles, and of course, the secrecy surrounding its use.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PgTfP2fFZmk?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The show delved into the issue from all sides:</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:56:46 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34824 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Video: The Death Penalty In Missouri From All Sides The Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty: Two Parallel Discussions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pros-and-cons-death-penalty-two-parallel-discussions <p>With the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-executes-inmate-third-year">recent run of executions</a> in Missouri, it seemed apropos to review some of the arguments for and against the controversial subject of capital punishment. In two separate interviews, <em>St. Louis on the Air </em>host Don Marsh did just that.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:05:41 +0000 Camille Phillips 34746 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty: Two Parallel Discussions Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-executes-inmate-third-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At 12:01 Wednesday morning, Missouri executed inmate Jeffrey Ferguson, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.</span></p><p>Ferguson was put to death for the brutal murder and rape of a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl.&nbsp;The crime occurred in 1989, and the victim’s father, Jim Hall, said the punishment was long overdue.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:14:52 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34732 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year What We Know (And Don't Know) About Missouri's Upcoming Execution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-missouris-upcoming-execution <p>On Wednesday, Missouri is scheduled to carry out another execution. Although it will be the state's fifth execution in as many months, there are still numerous unknowns. Here's what we know and don't know about the upcoming execution.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:17:37 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34682 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What We Know (And Don't Know) About Missouri's Upcoming Execution Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/let-sunshine-missouri-law-open-records-lacks-teeth-critics-say <p>Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. But in Missouri, you might want to hold off on popping the champagne.</p><p>Missouri's sunshine law, which allows the public to ask government officials for things like emails, documents and other records, doesn't have much teeth.</p><p>"The lack of any way to enforce it," Jean Maneke, a First Amendment attorney said, when asked what the law's biggest shortcoming was. "I say that even though the law does have enforcement provisions in it, but it is a very difficult law to enforce."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:46:03 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34425 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say How Missouri Got Ahold Of Its Backup Execution Drug http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-missouri-got-ahold-its-backup-execution-drug <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Missouri's execution drug supplier backed out after facing a lawsuit, the state found another pharmacy willing to sell it pentobarbital. But if that proved impossible, Missouri also had another option: It could use its controversial backup drug, </span>midazolam<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:22:38 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34177 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Missouri Got Ahold Of Its Backup Execution Drug Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-executes-second-inmate-year-first-new-drug-source <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday's execution of Michael Taylor marked the state's fourth in as many months - a dramatic uptick from recent years.</span></p><p>The state put Taylor to death for&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">abducting, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in 1989.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon called the crime "wanton" and "heinous" in a statement denying clemency and said the death penalty was the appropriate punishment.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:23:40 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34002 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Executes Second Inmate This Year - First With New Drug Source Despite New Pharmacy, Federal Judges Deny Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-new-pharmacy-federal-judges-deny-stay-execution-missouri-inmate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal judges have ruled that Wednesday's execution may proceed.</span></p><p>District Judge Beth Phillips denied Missouri inmate Michael Taylor's requests for stays of execution early Monday morning. Her ruling was appealed to a panel of&nbsp;8th Circuit judges, who affirmed her decision.</p><p>Taylor asked for his execution to be delayed for three reasons.</p><p><strong>1. Missouri changed its drug supplier at the last minute.</strong></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:55:44 +0000 Chris McDaniel 33943 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Despite New Pharmacy, Federal Judges Deny Stay Of Execution For Missouri Inmate Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-has-new-execution-drug-supplier <p>Although the state's previous drug supplier says it will not supply for the next execution, Missouri says it's found another willing pharmacy.</p><p>On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma reached a settlement with an inmate who had sued the pharmacy. Although the terms were confidential, the pharmacy agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.</p><p>In a court filing Wednesday evening, the state said inmate Michael Taylor was trying to cut off the supply of the state's execution drug.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:41:49 +0000 Chris McDaniel 33857 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/another-federal-judge-criticizes-missouri-haste-carrying-out-executions <p>Missouri's recent executions have sparked controversy lately -- not just for the secrecy and the source of the execution drug but also for the state's speed in carrying them out.</p><p>The Department of Corrections has carried out three executions in as many months. In all those cases, the inmate still had appeals pending at the time the state executed him.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:30:07 +0000 Chris McDaniel 33811 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Another Federal Judge Criticizes Missouri For Haste In Carrying Out Executions