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US executes 2nd man in a week; lawyers said he had dementia

The United States on Thursday carried out its second federal execution in three days following a hiatus of nearly two decades, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed.

Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled has been executed for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. The 45-year-old Sparks was put on death row for the slayings of 9-year-old Harold Sublet and 10-year-old Raekwon Agnew in their Dallas home.

Judge orders partial release of Idaho lethal injection docs

A judge has ordered the Idaho Department of Corrections to release some of the information that was redacted from thousands of pages of documents detailing the state’s execution preparations and procedures – including the name of one lethal injection drug provider – but prison officials may appeal the ruling.

Nebraska executes first inmate since 1997

Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with the lethal injection of a convicted murderer who had been on death row for nearly twice that long.

UI law prof sues Idaho for execution records

A University of Idaho law professor is suing the Idaho Department of Correction under the state’s Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution drugs.

Montana judge sanctions state in execution drug case

A judge has sanctioned the state of Montana over its delay in complying with a court demand to turn over documents that could reveal if there was manipulation of an expert witness in a case that halted lethal injections.

Virginia executes inmate for killing two men during escape

A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 was executed Thursday after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate’s life over concerns about his mental health.

Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005

Arkansas overcame a flurry of court challenges Thursday that derailed three other executions, putting to death an inmate for the first time in nearly a dozen years as part of a plan that would have been the country’s most ambitious since the death penalty was restored in 1976.

Arkansas faces two setbacks to plan for multiple executions

Arkansas suffered two more legal setbacks Wednesday in its bid to carry out multiple executions this month when the state Supreme Court spared one prisoner and a judge later ruled that the state can’t use one of its drugs in any of its executions.

Texas convict gets reprieve hours before scheduled execution

A federal appeals court Wednesday stopped the scheduled lethal injection of a former accountant hours before he was to be executed for gunning down his two young daughters in Dallas 15 years ago while his ex-wife – their mother – was listening helplessly on the phone.

Supreme Court dissent in execution drug case says death penalty may be unconstitutional

WASHINGTON – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. On their last day together until the fall, the justices voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Utah OKs firing squads

Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method's use when no lethal-injection drugs are available.