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OUR VIEW: Alabama this year went against the national trend of fewer executions, even thought the state's system of capital punishment leaves much to be desired

Dec
30

OUR VIEW: Alabama this year went against the national trend of fewer executions, even though the state's system of capital punishment leaves much to be desired
Published: Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 5:45 AM
 By Birmingham News editorial board The Birmingham News
 


Bucking a national trend rarely lands Alabama's elected officials in trouble with the electorate. In fact, many claim not being like New York, or California, or Texas, or any other state, as a badge of honor.

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OUR VIEW: A shortage of an execution drug offers as good a reason as any for Alabama to take a break from the death penalty.

May
02

The state of Alabama has no shortage of reasons to stop putting people to death or at least take a break from executions. Now, it can add a shortage of a key lethal injection drug to the lengthy list.

The sedative sodium thiopental has become scarce because its only U.S. manufacturer stopped making it. States that use the death penalty have been scrambling at home and abroad to score new supplies of the drug, and Alabama got its most recent batch from the state of Tennessee.

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Death Row Inmate Asks How State Got Execution Drug

Apr
25

Attorneys for an Alabama death row inmate scheduled to be executed in less than four weeks have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the state illegally obtained its supply of the execution drug sodium thiopental.

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YOUR VIEW: Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley vowed to do no harm, including on death penalty

Apr
10

Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 5:37 AM
By Letters from our readers The Birmingham News

I thought that as a physician, Gov. Robert Bentley would view capital punishment differently than previous governors. Surely, as a physician, he would view the death penalty as an inhumane act, or at least as an uncertain one, I thought.

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OUR VIEW: Courts should block the execution of William Glenn Boyd, and if they don't, Governor Bentley should.

Mar
30

If someone doesn't intervene, William Glenn Boyd will be executed Thursday for a terrible crime he committed a quarter century ago.

To some, no doubt, putting Boyd to death represents justice and a fitting end to an awful saga. In particular, those who loved Fred and Evelyn Blackmon might welcome Boyd's execution, and we can't blame them for that.

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OUR VIEW: Illinois ended capital punishment; Alabama should at least entertain a temporary break in executions to fix what's seriously wrong with our death penalty.

Mar
15

By Birmingham News editorial board

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn: No more death penalty in his state.

It took Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn two months to make a decision, but in the end, he made an appropriate and momentous choice: Last Wednesday, he signed a law abolishing the death penalty in his state.

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My Turn | Dr. Wilton Bunch, M.D., Ph.D.

Nov
15

My Turn by Wilton H. Bunch

From The Birmingham News, November 13, 2005

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