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State Looks Bad over Execution Anesthetic

By: Robert Nelson, Omaha World Herald | Published Friday December 9, 2011 In the past 12 months, Nebraska officials twice have tried to buy the increasingly hard-to-find drug sodium thiopental for use in executions by lethal injection. Both times, the state has acquired the drug more in a manner you would expect from a desperate drug addict than a state government. Last December, because the drug no longer is manufactured in the United States, the Department of Correctional Services went searching the international market, eventually paying $2,056 for 500 grams of the drug from Kayem Pharmaceuticals. The tiny Mumbai, India, startup company deals primarily in rash creams and herbal male-enhan

Will you Help End this Madness?

The world watched with horror Wednesday night as the highest court in our land granted permission to the State of Georgia to execute a likely innocent man. Under an incredible cloud of doubt about his guilt, Troy Anthony Davis was executed. Like many of you, I have walked from devastated sadness to righteous anger and outrage! I think about Troy’s last words to “not let this fight end with him”. I write today because our period of mourning must end, so that we can organize to end this broken practice once and for all. As the president of the NAACP, Ben Jealous mentioned several times on Wednesday evening, we need 10 more states to abolish the death penalty in order for a majority of states t

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