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BREAKING NEWS (10/9): An Arkansas County judge has stayed all 8 scheduled executions in the state. The judge issued a temporary restraining order in light of a pending challenge to the state's execution process.
NEWS (10/6): Texas has executed Juan Garcia. He is the 11th person executed by Texas and the 23rd in the U.S. in 2015.
NEWS (10/2): Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the death sentence of Kimber Edwards, scheduled to be executed on October 6.
NEWS (10/2): The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has granted indefinite stays of the pending executions of Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole, and John Grant, and directed the state to conduct a review of its lethal injection process. The state is required to provide status reports on that review every 30 days and notify the court of any changes in the state's execution protocol.
NEWS (10/1): (6:00 PM). The US District Court in Richmond dissolved a preliminary injunction that had been in place and that barred the Commonwealth of Virginia from carrying out the scheduled execution of Alfredo Prieto. The US Supreme Court earlier denied Prieto's requests for a stay of execution on separate grounds. The 4th Circuit then stayed Prieto's execution to consider his appeal of the District Court ruling. At approximately 9:00 PM. the Circuit Court denied the appeal and lifted the stay. At 9:05, Prieto's lawyers filed a petition for review in the United States Supreme Court, also requesting a stay of execution. Virginia executed Prieto while that petition was pending. He was pronounced dead at 9:17 PM.
NEWS (9/30): The execution of Richard Glossip in Oklahoma was stayed by the governor minutes before it was to be carried out because the state had obtained an incorrect drug for the lethal injection.
WINDOWS ON DEATH ROW
Windows on Death Row: Art From Inside and Outside the Prison Walls is an artistic project launched by famed Swiss cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. The initial Exhibit will be in Los Angeles at the University of South California Oct. 22 - Dec. 18. It includes a series of cartoons by famous US artists and artwork by US death row inmates. The project is being sponsored by Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Free/RSVP.
In addition to the artwork, the opening day (Oct. 22, 5:30 PM) will feature a lecture by Sister Helen Prejean and appearance by Tim Robbins. For more information:
DPIC Podcast Series: We have begun a new set of podcasts on the death penalty in each state, each with interesting historical facts. The following are now available: Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Check out our podcasts now! Also listen to DPIC's podcasts on death penalty issues.