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Autopsy Shows John Grant Suffered Pulmonary Edema and Intramuscular Hemorrhage and Aspirated Vomit During Oklahoma Execution

Feb. 14, 2022 Autopsy results for an Oklahoma death-row prisoner whose execution state officials claimed “was carried out … without complication” have confirmed eyewitness reports that John Grant likely suffered a torturous death. The autopsy, conducted by Tulsa Medical Examiner Jeremy Shelton, M.D., the morning after Grant was executed on October 28, 2021, revealed that Grant suffered pulmonary edema and intramuscular hemorrhaging, and aspirated on his vomit as a result of the lethal injection.

Death Row USA Fall 2021 Report: Death-Row Population Continues Long-Term Decline

Feb 09, 2022 The number of people sentenced to death or facing continuing jeopardy of execution in pending capital retrial or resentencing proceedings continued its more than two-decade decline in the third quarter of 2021, according to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) Fall 2021 quarterly census of death rows across the United States.

Opinion: Death penalty ruling doesn’t diminish Oregon voters’ role

The decision whether to abolish capital punishment in Oregon belongs to voters. Neither the passage of Senate Bill 1013 in 2019 nor the Oregon Supreme Court decision earlier this month in the David Bartol case took the decision whether to retain or abolish the death penalty away from Oregonians, despite this newspaper’s recent editorial (“The death penalty debate voters didn’t get to have,” Oct. 10). That editorial reflects a shocking failure to understand what it means to live in a representative and constitutional democracy. The people are owed a correction.

Oregon Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of serial killer Dayton Rogers once again

Oregon Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of serial killer Dayton Rogers once again

The Oregon Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of notorious serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers on Friday, citing its own historic ruling last month that applied the state's new aggravated murder statute to the case of another condemned man.

OADP Statement on David Bartol Decision Senate Bill 1013

The mission of OADP is and has always been to seek and promote alternatives to the death penalty. OADP believes that when the state executes someone, they do so in our names. Consequently, we feel a duty to stand up, be counted, and call for the end to these killings.

Oregon Supreme Court Overturns Death Sentence in Decision that Could Clear the State’s Entire Death Row

Oct 8 2021  In a decision that advocates say could clear the state’s death row, the Oregon Supreme Court (justices pictured) has overturned death-row prisoner David Ray Bartol’s death sentence because the crime he committed is no longer statutorily eligible for the death penalty.

New trial ordered for man who has spent 17 years on Oregon’s death row

Oct. 6, 2021 Jesse Lee Johnson was convicted of aggravated murder in 2004. He’s always maintained his innocence. The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Black man who has been on death row for 17 years.

Virginia House joins Senate in voting to end death penalty

Virginia State Capitol

Feb 5, 2021 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia moved another step closer to ending capital punishment on Friday when the state House joined the Senate in voting to abolish the death penalty.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam supports the legislation, which would make Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions. It's a dramatic shift for Virginia, which has put more people to death over its centuries-long history than any other state.

South Dakota Former Prosecutor Introduces Bill to Limit the State’s Death Penalty

A South Dakota state senator who previously served as a prosecutor and a state court judge has introduced a bill to limit the breadth of the state’s death penalty statute. Senate Bill 98, introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arthur Rusch (R – Clay, pictured) on January 25, 2021, would restrict capital punishment to a single aggravating circumstance, premeditated murders in which a defendant killed a police officer, corrections officer, or firefighter during the performance of their official duties.

Iowa lawmakers propose reinstating death penalty

'They deserve death': Iowa lawmakers propose reinstating death penalty for people who rape and murder children
Iowa outlawed the death penalty in 1965.

Updated: 7:25 PM CST January 26, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow death sentences for people convicted of murdering a child after raping them. 

It's been almost six decades since Iowa last executed a state prisoner, but a group of Republican senators feels one crime in particular merits a death sentence.

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