In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Nebraska notifies death row inmate Carey Dean Moore of drugs it plans to use in execution

Potassium chloride
LINCOLN — Nebraska prison officials have notified another death row inmate they intend to carry out his execution using an untried combination of lethal drugs.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Friday it provided the execution notice to Carey Dean Moore, who shot and killed Omaha cabdrivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland in the summer of 1979.

The letter from Scott Frakes, the department’s director, informed Moore that it intends to use the following drugs in sequence: diazepam, fentanyl citrate, cisatracurium besylate and potassium chloride. They are the same drugs Frakes has said were obtained before a similar notice was given to death row inmate Jose Sandoval in November.

The state’s execution protocol requires inmates to be given notice of the drug at least 60 days before a death warrant is requested to carry out a lethal injection.

Attorney General Doug Peterson has not yet asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to issue a death warrant for Sandoval.

The four-drug combination Nebraska intends to use has not been used in any other lethal injection execution. Over the years, states have found it increasingly difficult to obtain execution drugs because manufacturers say they don’t want their products used in capital punishment.

Moore, 60, is the longest-serving inmate on Nebraska’s death row. Six times the Supreme Court has set execution dates for Moore, but each time the execution was stayed.

Twice Moore told the courts to disregard his appeals because he was ready to die. Both times, however, he changed his mind.

Source: BH News Service, Joe Duggan, January 19, 2018

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