Death Penalty
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Jury finds James Holmes guilty in Colorado theater shooting

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/16/15, 06:45 pm

A jury found James Holmes guilty Thursday in the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., in which twelve people died and 70 others were injured. The panel announced its decision after deliberating for a day and a half; he same jury will now decide whether to give Holmes the death penalty.

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Supreme Court OKs lethal injection drug

Supreme Court | Key lethal injection drug not “cruel and unusual,” majority rules, as two justices announce opposition to death penalty
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/29/15, 03:45 pm

WASHINGTON—Oklahoma executed murderer Clayton Lockett last year using the drug midazolam as a sedative in a three-part execution drug protocol. Under midazolam, he writhed and it took him 43 minutes to die.

The state review said the midazolam was improperly administered. Other independent experts argued Lockett had enough of the drug in his system but it quit working as a sedative after the injection of the following two painful, lethal drugs. If midazolam doesn’t sufficiently sedate the condemned prisoner, he will feel the pain of the lethal drugs.

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Boston bomber apologizes before getting formal death sentence

Boston Bombings
by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/24/15, 02:50 pm

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized to the families of his victims this morning before a judge formally sentenced him to death.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done—irreparable damage,” Tsarnaev said, looking at the judge but addressing his victims. “I pray for your relief, for your healing.”

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