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MISSOURI. JUDGE AGAIN RULES DEATH-PENALTY PROCEDURE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

October 16, 2006: a federal judge has ruled for the second time that Missouri's death penalty procedures were unconstitutional. The ruling issued October 16 by US District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. confirmed a ruling he made in September that the death penalty protocol, which uses a three-drug lethal injection, could subject Missouri inmates to an unreasonable risk of cruel and unusual punishment. The earlier ruling halted all executions in Missouri.
Gaitan had first ordered in June that the Missouri Department of Corrections make sweeping changes to its execution protocol. The issue is how painful lethal injection can be if the three drugs used are not given correctly. If the injection is given improperly, an inmate could be in “torturous” pain but paralyzed and unable to show it, Gaitan said in his September ruling. In that order, Gaitan gave the state until October 27 to provide a revised protocol. But the state resubmitted the same proposal October 6, arguing that it was constitutional and asking the judge to reconsider his decision. The state's attorneys had asked Gaitan to rule quickly, so they could file an appeal if he ruled against them. “The state's response does nothing to address these concerns and indicates its lack of willingness to even attempt to comply with the court's order,” Gaitan wrote in his latest ruling.
Gaitan's ruling comes in the case of Michael A. Taylor, one of two men convicted of raping and killing Kansas City teenager Ann Harrison in 1989. Taylor came within hours of death earlier this year before his execution was stopped by the legal challenge.
Gaitan ordered the state to improve the monitoring of inmates to be sure they get enough anaesthesia during the execution process. He also ordered that a doctor trained in administering anaesthesia either mix the chemicals or oversee the mixing of chemicals for executions. (Sources: AP, 17/10/2006)

SAUDI ARABIA. EXECUTED FOR MURDER
SAUDI ARABIA. NIGERIAN WOMAN EXECUTED FOR DRUGS SMUGGLING
SAUDI ARABIA. MEN BEHEADED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
MOROCCO. RABAT ‘HAS WILL’ TO SCRAP DEATH PENALTY
CHINA. FOUR MEN EXECUTED FOR DESTROYING OIL PIPELINES IN ZHENGZHOU
ITALY. NO MORATORIUM RESOLUTION THIS YEAR, FOREIGN MINISTER
ITALY. BELATED D’ALEMA CLARIFICATION SERIOUS, HANDS OFF CAIN
RUSSIA. UZBEK DEPORTED DESPITE APPEALS
USA. FLORIDA AND TEXAS EXECUTE KILLERS
CHINA. ‘TOP GANGSTER’ SENTECED TO DEATH
OHIO. CULT LEADER EXECUTED
ITALY. GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER WILL OF PARLIAMENT, CHAMBER PRESIDENT BERTINOTTI
ITALY. RESOLUTION FOR UN MORATORIUM APPROVED AT LOWER HOUSE
ITALY. HANDS OFF CAIN REPLIES TO UNDERSECRETARY VERNETTI
IRAQ. PM HOPES FOR SADDAM DEATH SENTENCE SOON
KYRGYZSTAN. THREE MILITANTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
UNITED STATES. FLORIDA AND MISSISSIPPI EXECUTE ON SAME DAY
MALAYSIA. DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR TRAFFICKING 1KG OF CANNABIS
IRAQ. CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT CONVICTS 65 INSURGENTS
IRAN. WOMAN'S DEATH PENALTY SUSPENDED IN HIGH PROFILE CASE
SOMALIA. ISLAMISTS CARRY OUT 2ND PUBLIC EXECUTION
VIETNAM. DEATH ROW PRISONER FOUND PREGNANT, TO FACE LIFE SENTENCE INSTEAD
RWANDA. RULING PARTY TO VOTE ON ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY
UAE. CALL TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
INDIA. SUPREME COURT CLIPS PRESIDENT’S POWERS OF PARDON
ITALY. DEATH PENALTY ABOLISHED FROM THE CONSTITUTION IN FIRST READING
ITALY. RESOLUTION FOR UN MORATORIUM DEPOSITED AT CHAMBER
BRUSSELS. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS BACK UN MORATORIUM
EGYPT. RIGHTS GROUP CALLS FOR END TO DEATH PENALTY
ITALIAN GOVERNMENT NOT RESPECTING CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES, HANDS OFF CAIN

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