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3 high profile executions in 3 days – *live thread, updated*

Glossip, Gissendaner, and and PrietoUpdate 10/1/15, 9:42pm: Alfredo Pieto was executed in Virginia tonight at 9:17pm. His lawyers had just filed an application for a stay with the U.S. Supreme Court when news of his execution was announced.

Update 10/1/15, 7:36pm: After a change of venue, a Federal Court in Virginia heard arguments about the lethal injections drugs to be used in tonight's execution in Virginia. In his ruling following the hearing, the judge lifted an injunction, clearing the way for the execution to go forward.

Update 10/1/15, 7:29pm: The Attorney General in Oklahoma has asked for an indefinite suspension in executions, including that of Richard Glossip as well as two others that were scheduled for next week. In a request to the highest court in Oklahoma, the A.G. indicated it "needs time to evaluate the events that transpired" leading up to Glossip's scheduled – and ultimately stayed – execution on Tuesday.

Update 10/1/15, 9:33am: Though a hearing originally scheduled for this afternoon has been canceled, an injunction still stands, staying today's scheduled execution of Alfred Prieto in Virginia. Lawyers for Prieto are seeking a more information about the drugs the State plans to use for the execution, which were acquired from Texas prison officials.

Update 9/30/15, 5:09pm: EXECUTION STAYED. Governor Mary Fallin has issued a stay of execution in the case of Richard Glossip, just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to halt the execution. The Governor's statement indicates there are problems with the lethal injection drugs.

Update 9/30/15, 4:14pm: The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to grant a stay in the case of Richard Glossip, whose execution was scheduled to begin a few moments ago. Indications from reports on the ground in Oklahoma are that execution procedures will resume shortly.

Update 9/30/15, 2:54pm ET: A U.S. district judge granted a temporary stay of execution to Alfredo Prieto to examine Virginia’s use of a lethal injection drug supplied by Texas. A hearing on the issue is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, after which the stay could be lifted or extended.

Update 9/30/15, 9:13am ET: After lengthy delays related to emergency appeals, Kelly Glissendaner was executed shortly after midnight this morning.

Update 9/29/15, 4:14pm ET: Attorneys for Richard Glossip have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking them to stay Wednesday's execution for reasons of actual innocence. Read the full petition here.

Update 9/29/15, 4:03pm ET: The New York Times has published an article about Kelly Gissendaner's case, which covers the appeals still pending and the courts that could act before tonight's scheduled 7pm ET execution.

Oklahoma court stays execution of Richard Glossip

In a unanimous ruling early this afternoon, the highest criminal court in Oklahoma granted a two-week stay in the execution of Richard Glossip. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals released their ruling, granting Glossip's request for time to review new evidence.

One piece of evidence submitted to the court was a sworn affidavit from another inmate who claims he heard Justice Sneed admit to acting alone and setting up Glossip. Sneed plead guilty to the murder of Barry Van Treese in exchange for his testimony against Glossip, who he claimed hired him to commit the crime. Glossip has always maintained his innocence.

The Court of Appeals set a new execution date of September 30th. We will continue to post updates to our Twitter feed and Facebook page, and stay tuned for suggested actions to ensure Glossip's claims of innocence are properly heard and the next execution date does not go forward.

Act now to halt execution in Oklahoma

Richard GlossipTime is running out for Richard Glossip.

In less than 24 hours, Glossip is scheduled be executed, despite mounting evidence of his innocence.

Call Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin now, and ask her to stay the execution to allow for further investigation. Her phone lines are being flooded, but she needs to hear from you that this execution should not go forward.

Governor’s main office number: (405) 521-2342

Governor’s voicemail for comments: (405) 522-8857

Recommended Links: Oklahoma again poised to execute Richard Glossip

Richard GlossipJune’s Supreme Court Decision in Glossip v Gross addressed one small debate about a specific lethal injection protocol. It also opened the door to many new questions about the future of the death penalty and the likelihood that the Supreme Court will one day rule on the constitutionality of the policy itself. At the heart of the court’s decision, though, was the case of one man: Richard Glossip. This past January, Glossip came within one day of his scheduled execution. When notice came that the Supreme Court was hearing his appeal, he was already in the process of saying goodbye to his family. Another execution date now looms, despite Glossip’s strong claims of innocence. Sister Helen Prejean is leading a campaign to halt the execution and to give Glossip’s lawyers the opportunity to present his case of innocence.

See Sister Helen’s action page for Richard Glossip.

Read The Intercept’s story on the Glossip case.

Recommended Link: New exposé on how states have bungled executions

The Atlantic story coverThe Atlantic published a disturbing in-depth investigation of the country’s quagmire over lethal injection. The piece recounts with gruesome detail the botched execution of Oklahoma’s Clayton Lockett and examines the lengths to which states are going to find unlicensed, illegal, or experimental drugs to carry out their broken death penalty policies.

Read the full story here.

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Trend away from death penalty continues as states and courts halt executions

Governors Wolf (PA) & Brown (OR)In 2014, the United States saw its fewest executions in twenty years. Now, less than a quarter of the way into 2015, two new governors – Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Kate Brown of Oregon – have declared a halt to executions in their states. In other states, lingering questions over lethal injection are also keeping executions on hold.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf made his announcement in mid-February, shortly after he took office. In an eloquent, multi-page statement, he said he would not allow executions to go forward in Pennsylvania until the recommendations of a forthcoming study on Pennsylvania’s death penalty are fully addressed.

Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown stepped into the Governorship after the resignation of John Kitzhaber last month. As soon as she took office, she promised to continue the moratorium on executions that Kitzhaber imposed in late 2011. Brown said she believes there needs to be a broader discussion about the death penalty in the state, and she will not consider going forward with executions until that time.

Pennsylvania and Oregon join Colorado and Washington as states where governors have imposed moratoria. Elsewhere, the courts are stepping in.

Oklahoma and Ohio executions on hold over lethal injection

Supreme Court BuildingOhio made national news last January after a new lethal injection drug led to a botched execution. Since then, Ohio’s executions have been repeatedly delayed. In October, a federal judge officially stayed all executions until the beginning of 2015, while the state attempted to address ongoing challenges to its lethal injection process.

Now, Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced there will be no executions in 2015.

Oklahoma’s executions are facing similar challenges. Last April, the execution of Clayton Lockett shocked the nation when witnesses saw him writhing in pain after he was supposed to be unconscious. Executions were delayed there as well, resuming just last month. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed all upcoming executions in Oklahoma while it reviews the specific method used there.

Oklahoma's botched execution shocks the nation

Last night Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton Lockett. Lockett began writhing in pain after he was supposed to be unconscious.

Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure

A new book, Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure by Professor Jody Lyneé Madeira explores the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombings and finds that the execution of Ti

Annual Training and Strategy

EJUSA organizer Sarah Craft

In November 2006, EJUSA hosted our second Training and Strategy Retreat in the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia.

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