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Another botched execution amidst a shroud of secrecy

On July 23rd, an Arizona inmate was executed after several attempts to delay his execution. He and his lawyers were trying to discover the source and intended dosage of the drugs to be used in his execution procedure.

In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution should go forward, allowing the State of Arizona to keep information from the inmate and the public.

Ninety minutes after the procedure began, Joseph Wood was still alive, and, in the words of one witness, gasping "like a fish on shore gulping for air." He was finally pronounced dead almost two hours after the execution started.

Judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional. Take action now!

The death penalty has been a colossal failure, not just in California but across the country. It risks executing innocent people. It's applied unevenly. It wastes millions of dollars. It fails to keep us safe or to help families of victims rebuild their lives in the aftermath of tragedy.

And those are just a few of the many ways the death penalty is dysfunctional. Everywhere.

Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Find out why he is grateful.

Michael Morton was convicted for the murder of his wife, Chris, in Texas in 1987. He was given a life sentence. Morton's in-laws believed the conviction.

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