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Apr 2, 2014

US judge halts Texas executions over drug supplier information

AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has
temporarily suspended the execution of two inmates planned for
this month in Texas, saying the state has hidden information
about the supplier of the drug to be used in the lethal
injections.

“The court stays plaintiffs’ scheduled executions until the
information identified is produced,” U.S. District Judge Vanessa
Gilmore wrote in Houston in a temporary injunction issued on
Wednesday.

Mar 28, 2014

Louisiana faced with revealing lethal injection details to inmate

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – The Louisiana Department of Corrections does not plan to appeal a U.S. Court decision this week that compels it to reveal to inmates on death row the content and maker of drugs used in lethal injections, a prisons official said on Friday.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday was one in a series in favor of inmates who have sought delays for their execution while they seek information about the contents of lethal injection cocktails and clarity on who would be supplying the drugs.

Mar 28, 2014

Texas executes man who killed food delivery woman with bat

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas executed convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it kept the pace of executions steady while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections.

Doyle, 29, was convicted of beating food delivery woman Hyun Cho, a South Korean native, to death in 2003 with a baseball bat, putting her body in a trash can and stealing her car.

Mar 28, 2014

Appeals court upholds restrictive Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court upheld a Texas law on Thursday that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation.

Those opposed to the law have said it amounts to a veiled attempt to limit abortions by imposing costly and unnecessary regulations, adding that the law may be copied by other states trying to limit abortions within their borders.

Mar 27, 2014

U.S. appeals court upholds restrictive Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld a Texas law that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation.

Those opposed to the law have said it is a veiled attempt to limit abortions by imposing costly and unnecessary regulations, adding that the law may be copied by other states trying to limit abortions within their borders.

Mar 27, 2014

Texas set to execute man who killed food delivery woman

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to put to death convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it keeps its pace of executions steady while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections.

Doyle, 29, was convicted of beating food delivery woman Hyun Cho, a South Korean native, to death in 2003 with a baseball bat, putting her body in a trash can and stealing her car.

Mar 27, 2014

Texas judge orders prisons to name lethal injection drug supplier

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas state judge ordered the department of corrections on Thursday to disclose the name of the supplier of drugs used in executions, a decision that adds support to calls for removing secrecy when it comes to lethal injections.

The suit was brought on behalf of two inmates scheduled to be executed next month and was filed at about the same time a judge in neighboring Oklahoma ruled on Wednesday that the state’s secrecy on its lethal injections protocols was unconstitutional.

Mar 27, 2014

Texas set to execute man who killed food delivery woman with bat

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to put to death convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it keeps steady its pace of executions while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections.

Doyle, 29, was convicted of beating food delivery woman Hyun Cho – a South Korean native – to death in 2003 with a baseball bat, putting her body in a trash can and stealing her car.

Mar 26, 2014

U.S. executions set for possible delay after Oklahoma court decision

By Heide Brandes and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – An Oklahoma judge ruled on Wednesday the state’s secrecy on its lethal injections protocols was unconstitutional, a decision that could delay executions in other states where death row inmates are planning to launch similar challenges.

County district court judge Patricia Parrish ruled the state violated due process protections in the U.S. Constitution by not providing the name of the drug supplier, the combination of chemicals and the dosages used in executions.

Mar 20, 2014

Louisiana bans components for synthetic marijuana due to health scare

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Louisiana has banned the sale and use of eight compounds marketed as synthetic marijuana to stem an increase in the use of the drugs that have sent scores of people to hospitals with dangerous reactions to toxins, officials said on Thursday.

In recent weeks, more than 100 people have been treated in emergency rooms in the state after using synthetic marijuana, including many suffering life-threatening maladies, they said.