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America's Secret Death Penalty Drugs

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Governments have gone to great effort to keep the sources and methods of their death penalty regimes secret.
In November, the Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than 20 years.
In the past the Nebraska Department of Corrections would have provided this information, but now it refused. Officials there insisted that the supplier of the drugs the state intended to use, in the name of its citizens, to sedate, paralyze, and stop the beating heart of an inmate were exempt from Nebraska's public record law.
In December the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued to challenge the denial.
Nebraska is just the latest state to decide the executioner's black hood of anonymity also covers the pharmacies that mix the deadly compounds used to kill prisoners. As letha…

Japan: Man sentenced to death for murders of two elderly people

Gallows at Tokyo Detention Center
Gallows at Tokyo Detention Center
GUNMA — The Maebashi District Court in Gunma Prefecture on Wednesday sentenced a 27-year-old man to death for the murders of two elderly citizens in November and December 2014.

The court heard that Kazuya Tsuchiya broke into the home of Tanekichi Kawaura, 81, and his 80-year-old wife, on Dec 16, 2014, and stabbed them, Fuji TV reported. 

Tanekichi died of his wounds later, while his wife sustained minor injuries.

Tsuchiya also fatally stabbed Yoshie Kojima, 93, at her home in the same area in November. 

He stole 5,000 yen and some food from Kojima’s home.

Tsuchiya was arrested on Dec 23, 2014, after breaking into a ramen restaurant. 

He admitted to both crimes and told police he desperately needed money.

At the time of his arrest, Tsuchiya only had 100 yen on him and the gas and electricity to his apartment had been disconnected as he hadn’t paid his bills in months, police said.

Source: Japan Today, July 20, 2016


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