death penalty

St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Legal Roundtable: The Death Penalty, The Loop Trolley, Red-Light Cameras, Etc.

James Cridland via Flickr

The state of Missouri carried out its first execution in nearly three years last week, after a delay caused by the need to develop new execution protocols.

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Lethal Injection
4:41 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Mo. Carries Out Execution After Court Vacates Stays

Joseph Paul Franklin.
(Missouri Department of Corrections)

Update 7:52 a.m 11/20/13:

Missouri carried out the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin a little after 6 a.m. He was put to death after courts overturned Tuesday's stays of execution.

Yesterday, two federal judges issued stays of execution.

The judges took issue with how the state was getting its lethal injection drug from a secret source not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and questioned whether the inmate was mentally competent to be executed.

The state of Missouri, led by Attorney General Chris Koster, appealed quickly.

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Execution
4:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Missouri Gov. Denies Clemency For White Supremacist

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has refused to halt the execution of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, calling his crime in Missouri a "cowardly and calculated shooting."

Nixon's office announced the decision Monday afternoon.

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Lethal Injection
4:24 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply

(via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Now Missouri has a new plan to go ahead with two upcoming executions, but the process is anything but open.

Updated 11/14/13 3:24 p.m.

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Lethal Injection
5:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug - Why The Change Of Plans?

Propofol.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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Death Penalty
11:51 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Execution Using Controversial Drug Halted By Missouri Governor, Requires Different Injection Method

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Last updated 1:30 p.m. Will be updated further.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has responded to the recent controversy surrounding the execution drug propofol by halting the execution of a Missouri inmate, and asking that a different form of lethal injection be used.

Here's Nixon's full statement: 

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Lethal Injection
11:20 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Mo. To Return Some Of Potential Execution Drug Supply, But Questions Remain

A picture of propofol in the possession of the Mo. Dept. of Corrections. Hospira, the manufacturer, says it was sold by an unauthorized dealer.
Mo. Dept of Corrections via sunshine request.

Updated 10/9/2013 6:42

The Missouri Department of Corrections has announced that it will be returning some of its propofol to its supplier, as the company requested almost a year ago.

But questions remain on how the state obtained the drug.

Propofol is a widely-used medical anesthetic, but the Mo. Dept. of Corrections is planning to use it for lethal injection. Missouri's Oct. 23 and Nov. 20 executions would be the first time the drug has ever been used for capital punishment.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Discussion: What Happens If Missouri Uses Propofol In Executions As Planned?

This gurney is used to perform executions at a facility in Terre Haute, Ind. by lethal injection. A federal judge has rejected a challenge by Missouri prison inmates to the state's execution procedure.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

Updated at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, to correct errors in our interview.

In the next two months, the state of Missouri plans to use the drug propofol to perform two executions, despite opposition from the European Union, the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Executions
6:42 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

ACLU Seeks To Block Mo. Executions By Disqualifying Anesthesiologist

(via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

The American Civil Liberties Union hopes to block two executions in Missouri this fall by seeking to disqualify the anesthesiologist used by the Department of Corrections.

Jeffrey Mittman is Executive Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  He says the American Board of Anesthesiology has recently adopted the same standards used by the American Medical Association, meaning that they cannot participate in ending someone's life.

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Mo. AG Says State May Have To Use Gas Chamber

Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri may have to resort to using the gas chamber to carry out death sentences as an "unintended consequence" of the state Supreme Court's refusal to set execution dates.

Executions have been on hold in Missouri since the state Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates. The court says execution dates would be "premature" until a federal legal challenge is resolved regarding the use of the drug propofol as Missouri's new execution method.

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