Tennessee Judge Rejects Challenge to Execution Drugs

The ruling by Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle is a blow to 33 death row inmates who had challenged the state’s lethal injection protocol, saying it led to cruel and unusual punishment forbidden by the U.S. Constitution. Billy Ray Irick’s execution is scheduled Aug. 9.

Federal Death Penalty Prosecutors Accuse Each Other

Federal prosecutors charged with promoting “consistency and fairness” in death penalty cases has been making accusations against one another, from neglecting boxes of evidence to destroying interview notes. Defense attorneys want to know why this is the first they’re hearing about the alleged misconduct.