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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.

Death Penalty Info Center: The Death Penalty in 2021: Year End Report

The death penalty in 2021 was defined by two competing forces: the continuing long-term erosion of capital punishment across most of the country, and extreme conduct by a dwindling number of outlier jurisdictions to continue to pursue death sentences and executions.

New Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Las Vegas DA Seeking the Death Penalty Against Vulnerable and Impaired Persons

Feb 03, 2022 Likely voters in Clark County, Nevada overwhelmingly oppose the use of capital punishment against broad categories of vulnerable and impaired persons whom county prosecutors have been trying to execute, a new poll released by Vegas Watch on January 27, 2022 shows.

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.

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.

Arizona DoC Paid $1.5 Million for Execution Drugs While Facing a Budget Crisis

 April 22, 2021  At a time in which the Arizona Department of Corrections is facing criticism for crumbling infrastructure, substandard medical care, and understaffing, the department has spent $1.5 million to purchase the lethal-injection drug pentobarbital from an undisclosed source. The exorbitant price, experts say, is a function of the questionable use of the drug for non-medical purposes and the secretive nature of the transaction.

Nevada State Assembly Passes Bill to Repeal Death Penalty and Resentence Death-Row Prisoners to Life

April 21, 2021  The Nevada State Assembly has passed a bill that would abolish the state’s death penalty and resentence the prisoners currently on its death row to life without parole. It was the first time any death-penalty abolition bill had been reported out of committee and considered by either house of the Nevada legislature.

Sonny Boy Oats Found Ineligible for the Death Penalty After 40 Years on Florida’s Death Row

April 20, 2021 After more than 40 years on Florida’s death row, Sonny Boy Oats,  one of the nation’s longest serving death-row prisoners, has been found ineligible for the death penalty.

In a Wide-Ranging Series of Editorials, the South Florida Sun Sentinel Argues for Abolition of Capital Punishment in Florida

April 7, 2021 In a wide-ranging six-part editorial series analyzing systemic flaws in the administration of the death penalty, the editorial board of the South Florida Sun Sentinel has called for the abolition of capital punishment. “[I]t is past time to repeal it, here in Florida and nationwide,” the editors wrote.

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