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Jul 27, 2014 — A jury gave Courtney Lockhart life in prison in 2010, but a judge sentenced him to death instead. Lockhart has appealed to the state Supreme Court, hoping it will reconsider judicial override rules.
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Jul 25, 2014 — It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions, putting up hurdles and then complaining about delays.
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Jul 25, 2014 — The Arizona senator said he believes in the death penalty, but that was not "an acceptable way of carrying it out."
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Jul 16, 2014 — Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.
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Jun 28, 2014 — The suits take aim at the kind of multi-drug execution procedures that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio, calling them a form of human experimentation.
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Jun 17, 2014 — Georgia and Missouri have executed inmates — the first since April's botched execution of a prisoner in Oklahoma. Florida is scheduled to execute an inmate later on Wednesday.
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May 27, 2014 — In a reversal of a state court, the justices say Florida's rule ignores norms in the psychiatric profession. The opinion also cites the Eighth Amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment.
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May 2, 2014 — With murders down dramatically, death penalty support has fallen far from its peak 20 years ago. Problems with executions, meanwhile, have made many Democrats, at least, skeptical about the practice.
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May 1, 2014 — The timeline shows that on the day of the execution, Clayton D. Lockett cut himself and was hit with a stun gun. It took a phlebotomist 51 minutes to find a vein, before settling on one in his groin.
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Apr 30, 2014 — Of the 32 states that currently allow capital punishment, all rely on lethal injection as the means. Seventeen of them require a doctor to be present during the injection.
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