Faced with shortages of death-penalty drugs, states for the past few years have explored more “creative” solutions to kill people. Some have turned to secret compounding pharmacies to create the lethal drugs that no pharmaceutical company wants to be seen selling — though the efficacy of such drugs are shaky. Others, like Florida, have turned to experimental sedatives.
And now one Wyoming lawmaker is advocating for the return of the firing squad in his state.
“One of the reasons I chose firing squad as opposed to any other form of execution is because frankly it’s one of the cheapest for the state,” state Sen. Bruce Burns tells CBS. The gas chamber, under Wyoming law, is the second option for execution after chemical injection. The state does not currently own a gas chamber. Oklahoma is the only state that has firing squad as an execution option. And Utah has phased out its use of the firing squad. Only three firing-squad executions have been carried out since 1976.
Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida, Texas, and other states with capital punishment are all faced with the same dilemmas on how to conduct executions. Keep in mind that the European Union actually has gone so far as to sanction the U.S. for purchasing death-penalty drugs. And faced with the problem, death-penalty protesters have raised complaints of cruel and unusual punishment as the states experiment with new (or perhaps old) ways to kill people. Meanwhile, public approval of the death penalty is at its lowest rate in four decades.
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Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.
"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."
"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.