ACLU and 2 news organizations file federal lawsuit to force Oklahoma prison officials to let witnesses watch executions from start to end, after blinds were drawn during botched April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett - @NBCNews
Arizona Department of Corrections: Review underway after execution of inmate Joseph Wood; media reports 'reached the premature and erroneous conclusion that this execution was "botched"' - statement via @NBCNews
Arizona Department of Corrections director says protocol was followed in execution of inmate Joseph Wood; will conduct a full review, await autopsy results from Pima County Medical Examiner - statement via @NBCNews
Editor's note: An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Arizona inmate Joseph Wood's execution said he watched Wood gasp and snort for more than an hour and a half before he stopped breathing. The report matches how Wood's lawyers described the execution. - Stephanie
Director of the ACLU's Capital Punishment Project Cassandra Stubbs after Joseph Wood execution: 'It's time for Arizona and the other states still using lethal injection to admit that this experiment with unreliable drugs is a failure. Instead of hiding lethal injection under layers of foolish secrecy, these states need to show us where the drugs are coming from. Until they can give assurances that the drugs will work as intended, they must stop future executions' - statement
Several U.S. states have been seeking alternative lethal injection compounds since the European Union barred German and Danish drugmakers from selling sodium thiopental, an anesthetic commonly used in lethal injections, to U.S. prisons in December 2011, says Jennifer Moreno of the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California School of Law. The lone U.S. supplier, Hospira, stopped making the drug in early 2011.
Pentobarbital, a barbiturate used in euthanizing house pets, is considered a controversial alternative to sodium thiopental because it is little-regulated and, if contaminated, can cause extreme pain. In Missouri, state legislator John Rizzo wants all executions halted until it's determined whether the drugs come from pharmacies not licensed in Missouri.