Kenneth Williams was the fourth killer executed in eight days in Arkansas. Witnesses say he lurched violently against his restraints. A spokesman for the governor called it “an involuntary muscular reaction.” Williams’ attorneys called it “horrifying.”
Next Monday, Arkansas is scheduled to begin executing seven men over an 11-day run as it races against the expiration date of its supply of midazolam, a controversial drug used in the execution process. In an analysis for the Washington Post, experts suggest that at least one of the executions will be botched.
Smoking marijuana for recreational purposes will be legal in Colorado and Washington, following passage of history-making state ballot initiatives last night. The two states were among six where referendums on marijuana use were on the ballot. Under the measures in Colorado and Washington, those 21 years of age and older will be allowed to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana. Colorado's Amendment 64 passed with 54 percent of the vote, and Washington's Initiative 502 garnered 55 percent. However, a […]