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America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Georgia: States debating alternatives to lethal injection

Lethal injection is the primary method used for the death penalty and in just days it'll be used on a Georgia death row inmate, but the drugs limited availability has some states looking for a new solution.

The method has been the primary use of execution since 1982 and now 1,425 executions later, states are starting to rethink it for the death penalty. 

Virginia has a bill on the table trying to bring back the electric chair. It's passed the state house and senate and now waits for a Governor's signature.

The main reason, the lethal drugs are hard to come by and we are seeing that close to home. Last year, South Carolina ran out of the lethal injection cocktail, putting 44 executions on hold. 

Also in March of last year the 1st woman put on Georgia's death row in 70 years Kelly Gissender had her death rescheduled several times between march and June because the lethal drug again was hard to come by.

Also in June there was a case of cloudiness due to shipping and storing that delayed Gissender's death again. Georgia also had an issue a few years ago where it was running out of the drug completely. 

Starting from 2010 when states where asked to use a new formula several cases had botched drugs causing a slow death for several inmates, several states issued holds on capital punishment.

Right now there are 19 states that have outlawed capital punishment, 5 states since 2009.

Although there have been difficulties case by case, for now, Georgia is continuing with lethal injection for the death penalty. 

Joshua Daniel Bishop is scheduled to die on Thursday for an armed robbery where he beat a man to death for not turning over his Jeep keys. 

Another, Kenneth Fults is set for lethal injection execution on April 12th.

Source: WRDW news, March 28, 2016

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