Texas uses new drug for execution
Wednesday 06 April 2011
The Supreme Court has blocked the first scheduled execution of an inmate in Texas using pentobarbital.
Cleve Foster, 47, was to have been executed last night for the 2002 slaying of a Sudanese woman in Fort Worth – the first Texas execution since the state switched to pentobarbital in its lethal three-drug mixture. But yesterday morning, the top US court agreed to reconsider its January order denying his appeal. That appeal raised claims of innocence and poor legal help during his trial and in the early stages of his appeals.
Foster's lawyers also argued that Texas prison officials violated administrative procedures when they announced the switch to pentobarbital from sodium thiopental.
There is a national shortage of sodium thiopental, which has been used already in executions in Oklahoma and Ohio. The Department of Criminal Justice, like other corrections agencies around America, has been unable to find a supplier of sodium thiopental, one of the three drugs it has been using in a lethal chemical mixture.
The department announced last month it would begin using the Danish-made pentobarbital as a substitute. The sedative is used in surgery and to put down animals. It is already used in executions in Ohio and Oklahoma. In an interview from death row, Foster said he thought Texas's decision was wrong.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...