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October 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man convicted of killing a woman during a 1982 convenience store robbery became the first Georgia inmate to die by injection. Terry Michael Mincey, 41, had been scheduled to die in the electric chair until Oct. 5, when the state's high court ruled that the chair violated the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. That shifted all the state's executions to injection. Mincey was convicted of the April 1982 killing of Paulette Riggs.
November 20, 2002 | From Associated Press
The Nebraska Legislature's Judiciary Committee rejected a bill Tuesday that would have changed the state's method of execution from the electric chair to death by injection. Nebraska is the only state with the chair as its sole means of execution, which some fear could lead a court to rule the state's death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment. But Sen. Kermit Brashear, the panel's chairman, said there is no immediate need to end Nebraska's use of the electric chair.
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 proposeĀ  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.
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....
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.
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.
May 2, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
State officials launched a two-month forum Friday for public comment on revised lethal injection procedures in a step toward resuming executions as early as next year. But the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation warned in posting the new protocols that it will weigh comments only on the execution process, not on the legality or morality of the death penalty.
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.
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.
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