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  • No, Justices Alito and Scalia, death penalty politics aren't the issue

    No, Justices Alito and Scalia, death penalty politics aren't the issue
    Oral arguments before the Supreme Court earlier this week over Oklahoma’s lethal-injection protocol took an unusually harsh tone (which Dahlia Lithwick parses nicely here at Slate). What was more jarring, though, was the theme of statements – er, questions - by some of the judges about the backdrop to the execution challenge.
  • Dick Meyer: Justices feel weight of history in considering same-sex marriage case

    Why us? Why now? The justices of the Supreme Court asked those most poignant questions over and over during this week's arguments about same-sex marriage. They sounded humbled: Who are we to tamper with this ancient thing called marriage? For all...

    Manufacturer asks Oklahoma to return any execution drugs

    The Illinois-based manufacturer of a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection process is asking the state to return any supplies it may have obtained and not to use its products to execute prisoners. In a letter to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt,...

    Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug

    Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions. The justices are considering the plea of death row inmates in...

    Conservative justices not swayed by arguments against death penalty drug

    Conservative justices not swayed by arguments against death penalty drug
    One year after Oklahoma prison authorities botched the execution of Clayton Lockett, lawyers for three other Oklahoma murderers urged the U.S. Supreme Court to block any further lethal injections that use a sedative that they suspect will fail to induce...