Donald Trump’s campaign promise to address the opioid crisis combined with his love for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has added up to about what you’d expect: he reportedly has a proposal in the works recommending capital punishment for certain drug crimes. And Republicans are thrilled!
On Monday evening, at 7:25 p.m., Jack Jones was executed by lethal injection in Arkansas’s Cummins Unit. And just a few hours later, a second inmate, Marcel Williams, was put to death as well. Arkansas can now claim the grim distinction of carrying out the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000.
Arkansas’s horrific plan to execute eight men in two weeks met another roadblock Thursday night when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay in the execution of Ledell Lee.
Arkansas’s uniquely inhumane and disgusting plan to execute 8 men in 10 days in order to beat the expiration dates on the drugs they plan to use has hit two setbacks.
The state of Arkansas has attracted national attention with its proposed plan to execute eight prisoners over 11 days via lethal injection, the highest number of executions in the shortest amount of time in over 50 years. The decision was motivated by the imminent expiration on the state’s supply of midazolam, a…
Arkansas death row inmate Don Davis ate his last meal tonight as state and federal courts deliberated over whether to proceed with his execution. He is one of eight men abruptly scheduled to die by lethal injection before the state’s supply of midazolam reaches its expiration date.
Two judges issued separate orders blocking Arkansas from going forward with a slate of seven executions hastily scheduled to be carried out over the span of less than two weeks.
All of the topics we discuss on Big Time Dicks are disgusting in their blatant willingness to disregard other people’s humanity, especially if they are people of color or women. But this week’s dick—Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison’s plan to execute eight death row inmates in a period of ten days—is viscerally sickening.
Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that the state of Arkansas intends to execute eight incarcerated people over a span of 10 days in April. The pace of Arkansas’ executions has been kicked into unprecedented (at least in recent U.S. history) high gear due to a looming expiration date for one of the…
In December of 2015, the state of Arizona agreed to halt the use of the controversial sedative midazolam. Midazolam is one drug in a three-part mix used for executions, and it has a long track record of not working.
A federal jury in Charleston, South Carolina has sentenced Dylann Roof, 22, to execution for the horrific crime of murdering nine in an assault on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of oldest and most historically rich A.M.E. congregations in the United States. As reported by MSNBC, Roof is the…
After going back and forth with his lawyers several times over who would represent him during the sentencing portion of his trial, convicted murderer Dylann Roof stood in front of the jury and insisted that he is perfectly sane.
On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court announced new rulings that have thrown the state’s death penalty process into some confusion that may potentially lead to new sentences for hundreds of inmates.
This week, the Arizona Department of Corrections called a halt to executions that use the controversial sedative midazolam. The drug is the first in a three-part cocktail, meant to sedate the prisoner before they are given a paralyzing drug and then an injection that stops the heart. The efficacy of the sedative has…
A South Carolina jury convicted Dylann Roof Wednesday of murdering black churchgoers at a church, after first sitting with them at a Bible study class. Roof, a 22-year-old high school dropout, has chosen to represent himself at the sentencing phase of his trial, which will decide whether he gets the death penalty.
On Thursday night, Alabama inmate Ronald Bert Smith, Jr. was executed for a 1994 murder. Smith had previously brought a lawsuit against the state of Alabama, which was dismissed in November, claiming that the state’s three-drug execution process constituted cruel and unusual punishment. His execution took 34…
Dylann Roof was given permission to represent himself by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in late November. Roof was arrested for the murder of nine parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015, and faces the death penalty.
After hearing testimony from psychologists and witnesses, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel decided Dylann Roof was competent to stand trial starting next week for the 2015 murder of nine parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was convicted in May on ten counts of murder, one count of attempted murder. His victims were killed over a 22-year period in south Los Angeles, where Franklin Jr. worked as a garbage truck driver and a garage attendant for the Los Angeles Police Department.
On June 17, 2015, white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine people worshipping inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nearly a year later, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that, in light of Roof’s crimes, the Department of Justice would pursue the death penalty. But…