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DOJ Drug Opinion Could Encourage Executions

A new Justice Department legal opinion could lead to more executions in the U.S. by easing the availability of drugs used to carry out lethal injections. The opinion says the Food and Drug Administration lacks the authority to regulate drugs or other items used in connection with the death penalty.

Texas Bans Chaplains From Execution Chamber

The Supreme Court halted the execution of Patrick Murphy of the infamous “Texas Seven” after Murphy claimed that the state was violating his religious rights by not allowing him to have a Buddhist chaplain in the room. The court gave Texas a choice of not allowing any chaplains in the room or permitting chaplains of all religions.