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Texas Is Running Out of Execution Drugs

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- 2118 days ago -
Texas has just one month's supply remaining of pentobarbital, the drug used in the most active death penalty chambers in the country. Whatever's left of the state's supply of the drug expires at the beginning of September.


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Tim C (2420)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:48 am

Laura H (950)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:41 pm
What about being 'pro-life'?!!

Kit B (276)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:18 pm

No, no Laura that is pro- UNBORN life. Once the baby is born, it's just another TAKER. All of that pro-life has swiftly dissolved now that Perry's sister can make a "killing" on abortion clinics. Isn't that just adorable.

Texas is not going to let a few drugs interfere with a hard charging record of killing more than all other states.

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:28 pm

Carrie B (306)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:13 pm
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Jason S (50)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:38 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:12 pm
TX wil return to the firing squad if it has to - and for no other reason that to rub the anti-gun lobby's noses in the fact they can't stop it. Actually, I'm surprised TX hasn't tried that it illegal in the US??
Noted and Thank you.

Carrie B (306)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:16 pm
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Linda M (240)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:32 pm
Um. ..what happens if they give expired drugs? They live?

Carrie B (306)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:33 pm
Linda, definitely against the law!

Helen Porter (39)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:51 pm
Well, happy is the day!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:50 am
Awesome! Abolish the Death Penalty---it's PRIMITIVE. Thx Carrie

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:34 am
They're so determined to keep their deplorable record of the state with most executions, that Texas will do anything to keep the flow going, even if it is unconstitutional. They don't have any trouble passing other unconstitutional laws, do they? So it's probably back to the old chair or the firing squad because it's an 'emergency'.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:14 am

john hall (28)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:23 am
If they don't have drugs you can always go with bullets or electricity .

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:45 am
Sadly noted...thanks Carrie!

Kat K (54)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:01 am
Interesting~~no comment.

Louise D (44)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:47 am
The fact that drugs companies are backing away from execution is because they are bad for business. Texas under Rick Perry has shown a blood lust and uses executions for political means. In the Republican Presidential debates, the biggest cheers erupted at the mention of Texas Governor Rick Perry's execution record and at the suggestion that uninsured people who become critically ill should be left to die, should speak volumes. The point that the last two Republican Governors have been sociopaths is evident to all to see, but also that the death sentence is certainly not having the desired impact on society, where life is so cheap they are even refusing the condemned inmate their last meal to save money.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:50 am
Oh boo hoo Texas. You have what you need; guns, rope, and coat hangers. It's all the same to you as long as someone dies.

. (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:53 am
If you must kill someone then why not do it humanely? One bullet to the back of the head in the medulla oblangata?
You don't need a firing squad or a device that wastes so much energy like Old Sparky. One shot, one kill. It's humane. Not that some of the beasts don't deserve mercy. Too bad we couldn't ask the victims how they felt.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:15 pm
Hypocrisy and irony aside, is it not a diametrically opposed concept to be the most egregious state when it comes to women's rights to birth control and abortion and on the other hand execute the most people in the nation?

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:19 pm
Natasha, Texas will NEVER abolish the death penalty! They will simply revert back to previous methods of execution!

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:31 pm
The death penalty in Belgium was abolished 20 years ago. Then Marc Dutroux and his wife, Michèle Martin (the rapist and tormentors of little girls) were caught just in time to escape being killed. Which I (and many other people) regretted. But there are many many more executions in Texas. So I understand "culprits" can sometimes be wrongly executed,

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:42 pm
I remember the Marc Dutroux case fairly well Muriel. That went pretty far up the food chain didn't it; much like the pedophile ring in Portugal?

Susan B (6)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:01 pm
Yeah, I feel bad for this.

S J (124)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:24 pm
Abolish death penalty everywhere.
Noted, thanks Carrie.

edward jagusiak (25)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:26 pm
Save one dose for Rick Perry.

Patsy Olive (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:31 pm
This is news to me,and I live Texas.

Jen S (121)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:16 pm
Perhaps the state of Texas should reconsider the frequency with which it executes prisoners as well as the number of later Texas prisoners found to be innocent by virtue of DNA and the Innocence Project. The rate of judicial malfeasance is significantly higher in Texas than most states and they have people on the bench who are so incompetent/outright loony, that it is alarming.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:16 pm
LOL'ing at Linda Moore's comment!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:49 pm
Yes, heard this on NPR yesterday. Poor Texas, how sad. Naturally they will not make the connection to people on food stamps for whom food expires and they can't eat it. They will probably whine loudly, though.

Michael M (5)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:02 pm
Amazing with this backwards state that they still have crime. Isn't executions supposed to discourage crime? You can chalk up yet another failed gop plan that does not work.

Joe R (190)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:18 pm
Perhaps a gentle kiss from George W's lips could replace the phenobarbital (?)

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:22 pm
Clearly, capital punishment does not deter crime, just look at Texas' governor, working so diligently for his sister, before he leaves office.!
Laura H., your question sums it all up in such a nice understated manner.

Robert Hardy (68)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 10:03 pm
Funny what a Texas priority looks like.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:32 am

Robert Rufa (2)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:01 pm
Guess Texas will dust off the noose because there's no way Perry will give up the opportunity to kill someone once in a while.

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:16 pm
Well, here's a thought. Stop the executions period, end of discussion.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 6:40 pm
Hey it's Texas, they have plenty of bullets! 500 men killed, what a disgrace and shame on the soul of America! The death penalty is unconscionable under any circumstances. To KILL a killer, makes us what? KILLERS - how anyone can get closure from someone's death is SICK.

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 7:08 pm
Not to worry, folks!
Texas, one of the most NON-CHRISTIAN states in our union, will gladly find another means of execution. They are only 100 years behind the times. (I realize this doesn't include all reasonable Texans.)

The death penalty must be abolished, in any civilized country.
The wealthy usually get off, due to the best council, innocent or guilty, and the poor and underprivileged are not capable of the same advantage.
Besides the fact, if you are a Christian, you must believe that,
' Vengeance is mine; I will repay', saith the Lord. (Romans, chapter 12: verse 19)

It must be gratifying to know that god has given you a direct message to do his work for him.

Sue Clayton (8)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 10:38 pm
Who was the "DUMB ASS" who invented the death penalty anyway? I'm sure he's long dead and so should his "punishment" methods. Whoever the person is who brings about the death of another is guilty of MURDER and I'm pretty sure there's no such thing as LEGAL murder (not in the real world anyway) Whoever assists the 'legal killer' is an accomplice whether it be at the time, before or after the fact. They will ALL be judged one day. The death penalty never brought a loved one back from the beyond and the only ones who ever felt punished were the families of those who were put to death! THE DEATH PENALTY IS WRONG (In MY opinion)

Helen Porter (39)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:16 am

That's ok, guys. I don't want to be selfish.

You can give mine to the next guy.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:07 am
Well,ain't that just a heartbreaker.

Thomas M (8)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:42 am
Little Ricky will still have his way in the land of anti-women and death penalty fun. He might bring back the old cheap days of the crusaders and use axes, swords, rocks and fire. Better yet just chain someone behind a vehicle and drag them down the street or through the cacti. And while you are at it, in the land of excellent business practices, fire another million hard workers just for kicks. Some will commit crimes, end up in prison on death row and the gladiator activities will begin.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday August 5, 2013, 11:11 am
Plenty of rope left.

Melania P (123)
Monday August 5, 2013, 12:20 pm
Keep the law for rapers!!!
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