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April 12, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
A man who admitted killing two women and four girls is scheduled to be executed Thursday after spending almost 29 years in a Florida prison. David Alan Gore on Thursday met with his mother and an ex-wife and is scheduled to be put to death at 6 p.m. EDT. Gore, now 58, had confessed to killing four teenage girls and two women in the 1980s in the eastern Florida town of Vero Beach, but was condemned to death for killing 17-year-old Lynn Elliott....
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OPINION
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's hard to get executions right. This week, the Supreme Court denied appeals by Louisiana and Missouri death row inmates who argued that they were entitled to know the source of the drugs with which they are to be executed, and that denial of that information compromises their right to due process. It's unclear why the court refused to hear the cases, but the underlying argument remains potent. Another challenge is underway in Oklahoma, where two inmates are seeking stays of execution because state officials have revised protocols on the fly as the lethal drugs they usually use have become more difficult to obtain.
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NATIONAL
September 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge ruled in Nashville that the state's new lethal injection procedures are cruel and unusual punishment, blocking an execution next week. The protocol "presents a substantial risk of unnecessary pain" and violates death row inmate Edward Jerome Harbison's constitutional protections under the 8th Amendment, U.S. District Judge Aleta Arthur Trauger ruled.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
The state of Texas on Thursday executed a man named Tommy Sells after a series of whipsawing court decisions that ultimately denied Sells his due process right to investigate whether the lethal injection met constitutional standards. This is no defense of Sells. If evil exists in this world, he was it , responsible for a series of known heinous murders, and who knows how many others. But that is still insufficient cause for the government to kill him. It is sufficient cause to have locked Sells away from society until he died of natural causes.
OPINION
April 29, 2006
Re "Concerns About Pain Put Lethal Injection on Trial," April 24 Human Rights Watch is absolutely correct that lethal injection is inhumane. However, its reasoning is wrong. Lethal injection is inhumane because it lets the murderer off too easily. There really is only one fair and just method of capital punishment, and that is for the murderer to be put to death in exactly the same manner in which he or she did in the victim. If murderers are to be shown mercy when they are executed, then the least they could do is show mercy to their victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Attorneys for the state of California and death row prisoners have agreed to a timetable for reviewing new lethal injection procedures, effectively postponing any such executions for another year. State attorneys representing prison authorities and lawyers for four of the 12 death row inmates who have exhausted their appeals and are eligible for death warrants filed papers Thursday with the San Francisco federal judge newly assigned to the complex and protracted case. The papers set a Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
State corrections officials Tuesday proposed new lethal injection procedures, a first step toward resuming executions in California after a four-year halt. The proposals involve only minor changes to the three-drug method used on 11 of the 13 men put to death in the state since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. But the revisions appear to address the concerns of a federal judge who deemed the previous lethal injection practices unconstitutional for their risk of inflicting cruel and unusual punishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Corrections officials heard overwhelming condemnation of proposed new lethal injection procedures Tuesday at the first-ever public hearing on execution methods in the state. Contrary to the solid majority of Californians who in opinion polls expressed support for the death penalty, only two out of more than 100 speakers supported a resumption of death sentences once legal hurdles are cleared.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Texas officials Wednesday were preparing for the state's first single-drug lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court  rejected the appeals of death row inmate Yokamon Hearn. The justices refused Hearn's appeals hours before he was scheduled to be executed for the 1998 murder of Frank Meziere, a stockbroker shot after a carjacking at a Dallas car wash. Hearn's execution, which could start any time after 6 p.m. Central time, will be the sixth in Texas this year -- for a total of  482 since the state began executing inmates by lethal injection in December 1982, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Larry Flynt wants to stop Missouri from executing the man whose bullet put the publisher of Hustler magazine in a wheelchair for life. Over the weekend, Flynt and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to force the state to release documents on how the state determines the process by which it kills prisoners. Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20. Missouri last month delayed the execution of convicted murderer Allen Nicklasson after the German manufacturer of the drug propofol objected to its use in the deadly mixture of drugs designed to execute inmates.
OPINION
March 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A month from now, if all goes according to plan in Oklahoma, two convicted murderers will be executed by lethal injection, and without knowing exactly how the killing cocktail was put together or by whom. Without that knowledge, they could well be denied their basic constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The death penalty, as we've written before, is an indefensible mess of immorality, gamed judicial processes, misapplication based on race and class, and public expense.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - An Ohio inmate's drawn-out execution this week led to an outcry about the increased use of new lethal injection drugs by the country's 32 death penalty states, a practice that experts predict will lead to more problems. Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday, appearing to gasp and snort, according to witnesses. His lethal injection was a combination of two drugs never tried before in a U.S. execution, according to experts at the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. McGuire, 53, was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of Joy Stewart, 22, who was seven months pregnant.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Larry Flynt wants to stop Missouri from executing the man whose bullet put the publisher of Hustler magazine in a wheelchair for life. Over the weekend, Flynt and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to force the state to release documents on how the state determines the process by which it kills prisoners. Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20. Missouri last month delayed the execution of convicted murderer Allen Nicklasson after the German manufacturer of the drug propofol objected to its use in the deadly mixture of drugs designed to execute inmates.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Texas appears to be running out of the drug used to execute prisoners in what has become the most active death penalty state in the country, but officials said this week they have no plans to change execution methods. "We have not changed our current execution protocol and have no immediate plans to do so," Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said in a statement to The Times. Clark declined to discuss how the state plans to maintain its supply of the drug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - California has dropped its legal efforts to win approval of a three-drug method of lethal injection and will instead propose  single-drug executions, a prisons spokesman said Wednesday. At the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation decided against challenging a unanimous California appeals court ruling that blocked the three-drug method on the grounds it had not been properly vetted, said Jeffrey Callison, a corrections department spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - California may be stymied for years to come in its efforts to resume executions as a result of a new court ruling, bureaucratic requirements and difficulty obtaining lethal injection drugs, advocates on both sides of the death penalty said Friday. Supporters of capital punishment urged Gov. Brown to challenge a state appeals court's unanimous decision against California's lethal injection protocol, even though an appeal could take years. They also called on the governor to introduce a new single-drug execution method for public vetting.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano
Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet for information on lethal injection and assassins in the hours before the Tucson shooting rampage, computer information that prosecutors are likely to use as evidence to show he was not mentally incompetent, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday. Loughner pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to attempted-murder charges in the shootings of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides. Six people were killed, including a federal judge, and 13 were wounded in the Jan. 8 attack.
WORLD
April 8, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean authorities on Monday exhumed the body of Pablo Neruda to check claims by a former chauffeur that the Nobel Prize-winning poet may have been killed by government agents shortly after the 1973 overthrow of his friend, President Salvador Allende. Under a special tent and wearing protective clothing, a team of forensic pathologists that included a U.S. toxicologist gathered in the coastal resort town of Isla Negra to oversee the exhumation. Neruda died on Sept.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been updated. See below for details.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A Texas district judge on Tuesday postponed the execution of a female inmate hours before she would have been the first woman put to death in the United States in more than two years. Kimberly McCarthy, 51, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection for stabbing her elderly neighbor to death in 1997. State District Judge Larry Mitchell postponed McCarthy's execution until April 3 after her lawyer successfully appealed for a delay, arguing the jury that convicted McCarthy of murder was improperly selected on the basis of race, according to court records . McCarthy is African American and the Dallas-area jury that convicted her included one African American and 11 whites, according to Dallas County Dist.
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