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Texas Faces Looming Shortage of Execution Drug Pentobarbital

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Suppliers baulk at providing sedatives to the US state that executes more inmates than any other

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Animae C (514)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:00 am
Good but unfortunately where there's a will there's a way.

Alice C (1797)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:02 am
Good news ~ I hope the suppliers keep bulking.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:35 am
I'm sure that will not be a problem long for Texas that land of many guns. They seem to change the laws to fit the wants and desires of the backwards thinking that goes on in their State Government. So to rule in shooting as a replacement would not seem out of character for that place. Firing squads or the gallows but I'm sure they won't slow down on executions.

Animae C (514)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:40 am
Well said Dande!!!
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Michela M (3964)
Friday August 2, 2013, 6:15 am


Past Member (0)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:45 am
Awesome! Abolish the Death Penalty---it's primitive. Thanks Robert

Kit B (276)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:16 am

I have no doubt the state will find some way to accommodate the blood lust.

David C (133)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:13 pm
probably revert to death by firing squad......

Robert B (60)
Friday August 2, 2013, 3:50 pm
The death penalty is immoral, barbaric and hypocritical. Ever seen a millionaire on death row? Killing people to show that killing is wrong is pure stupidity.

Bill C (353)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:10 pm
All I can say is I have seen crimes so heinous including murder of children that the convicted person gave up his right to life.

There is no doubt when you find the killers class ring inside the victims liver....

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:20 pm
There are always the most gruesome of examples to pull out and I'd not want that individual to ever walk out in the general society again, some are mentally deranged, or just extremely mean spirited. Society certainly needs to be protected from such individuals. But there have also been too many cases on death row that have been found to be innocent, with DNA and such. Once those people are dead no amount of "I'm sorry" is going to bring them back so with a system that isn't always so perfect, I'd rather keep the prisoners alive.

Connie O (44)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:54 pm
no problem...just back to electrocution.

Louise D (44)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:18 pm
The barbarism of the death penalty is becoming more evident that it is not a deterrent but rather a moral vacuum where killing is okay as long as it is the state doing the killing. America prided itself in being the most humane when it came to serving justice. When in reality the use of the death penalty can be used to make innocent people plead guilty if they can't afford a good lawyer, which in many respects is an oxymoron. America now lags behind virtually every other developed country with the retention of the death sentence and a plutocratic approach to justice. The cutting off of the execution drugs my actually save some innocent people. Though I would not hold my breath which might be the method Rick Perry would like as it would save quite a bit of money.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:32 pm
This problem is not only in Texas. Other states such as recently Georgia have the same issue finding Pentobarbital. This is so because the U.S. manufacturer of the drug ceased to produce it in 2011 after European manufacturers embargoed its importation to the US because of their objections to its use in American executions.
State officials have resorted to other, possibly unlawful means to obtain it and Georgia's new "Lethal Injection Secrecy Act" was found to be unconstitutional and the reason why the Warren Hill execution (set for July 15) was stayed.
Texas might try something similar-and hopefully FAIL as well.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:57 pm
Interesting. Wonder what they'll do now - firing squad??
Noted and thank you.

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 4:24 am
I agree with Animaechi

Nancy C (806)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:15 am
Until "people" with humane intentions are in power, a will and a way will rule. States need to think, act and vote-in people, not professional politicians who pander to the NRA, corporations, and big banks.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:39 pm

Barbara V (51)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:22 pm
I'm sure they'll think of something. They're Texans after all.
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