In the upcoming three months Texas will account for the execution of four inmates, John Battaglia, Thomas Whitaker, Rosendo Rodriguez, and Erick Davila. Lethal injection drug shortages facing states across the United States is reflected in Texas’s modest stock of 14 doses of pentobarbital. Pharmaceutical companies terminating the supply of drugs vital to the lethal injection cocktail used in executions, is slowing the rate of executions.
The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) has organized vigils on the days of executions, as s form of witness against state-sanctioned killing.
TCADP urges activists to contact the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Texas Governor Greg Abbott to urge clemency for any individual scheduled to be executed in Texas.
The state of Ohio will account for two executions in the upcoming months. Raymond Tibbetts and William Montgomery will be executed by lethal injection, by a 3-drug protocol using midazolam. A previous ruling of Supreme Court case Glossip V. Gross— reviewing the claim that midazolam is in violation of the Eight Amendment because it fails to render a person insensate to pain during execution— rendered midazolam not in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
Ohio coalition, Ohioans to Stop Executions in response to the upcoming execution of Raymond Tibbetts is holding a “Prayerful Vigil to Stop Executions” inside of the Ohio Statehouse.
Alabama will be executing one inmate, Doyle Lee Hamm, a 60 year old inmate with cranial and lymphatic cancer. Criticism surrounds Hamms scheduled execution with overwhelming evidence supporting that the cancer, and radiation treatment are likely to negatively interact the Alabama’s lethal injection protocol, resulting in a botched execution.
Bernard E. Harcourt, Director of the The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, having represented Doyle Lee Hamm since 1990 has organized the gathering of letters to support to support clemency for Doyle Lee Hamm. The Center has started a petition to pressure the government to grant clemency.
Missouri has scheduled the execution of inmate Russell Bucklew. Advocacy group, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, warns that Russell Bucklew rare medical condition cavernous hemangioma increases risk of a botched execution which has previously raised the concern of the American Civil Liberties Union. His medical conditions previously caused a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, and have gone unchanged. Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is petitioning the re-scheduling of the execution.
-- Jacqueline Lantsman