Alabama lawmaker: executions on hold for 16 death row inmates

Photo Courtesy: MGN Online

Photo Courtesy: MGN Online

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama lawmaker says it will be next spring before the state can resume executing death row inmates.

Republican state Sen. Cam Ward, a top lawmaker on prison issues, says that will be the earliest that lawmakers will be able to pass new legislation allowing Alabama to receive drugs used for executions. Ward tells The TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/1qN4IRM) that the state is “basically out of chemicals.”

He said pharmaceutical companies are refusing to sell Alabama more drugs until they can get some type of protection or “immunity.” Republican Rep. Lynn Greer, who proposed legislation during the last session to keep the names of drug suppliers confidential, has said the companies fear lawsuits and backlash from death penalty opponents.

There are 16 death row inmates who have exhausted appeals and await execution.

17 comments

  • Eydie McHenry

    I think it is redicules to put the exicutions on hold, myself, I am tired of supporting and trying to rehabilitate these people who need taken out of society completly… if the drug compaines are to squirmish. 32 shell are quite cheap and I’m not squirmish. Give me the job, and yes I would be able to lay down and sleep at night, knowing our world is a safer place. It goes back to the old sayin’ some people just need killing!

  • NRA Is Here To Stay

    Bullets are very inexpensive. Even at .50 Cents, 16 criminals would only cost $8.00!

  • paul

    awww shucks. we don’t get to kill anyone for a while? does it cost more to kill them than to keep them?

  • David Coleman

    The names of the pharmaceutical companies that provide the drugs should not be released. Well-placed, high-velocity, large caliber lead injections work equally well and are cheaper. There is no reason that the death penalty needs to be humane. A humane death penalty is far less of a crime deterrent than a public inhumane one. A good old fashion hemp rope I always an option.

  • Derrick

    Ok, so how much is a bullet to the head? Be a lot cheaper than the drugs and the procedure too. Sounds good to me

  • Thanatos

    OK let me get this straight; these people commit crimes worthy of being put to death
    and they want it to be humane, is that right? Well do I have a deal for you. While I don’t
    make a habit out of giving the French credit for much they did get at least one thing right.
    That’s right folks I’m talking about the guillotine, it’s quick relatively painless plus you
    can reuse it, and it doesn’t fray like a rope. Bottom line it who cares other than a bunch of
    liberals playing the I’m OK you’re OK game how the sentence is carried out, just do it and don’t wait years to make it happen either.

  • Brenda

    The comments being made are typical of those who know nothing about the death penalty. It is used by judges who override the recommendation of a jury in many cases. Most of these men are not adequately represented by legal counsel. Some of those men are innocent of all charges and if you don’t believe that, then, you are blind. I have first hand experience with the criminal justice system and the death penalty. Having formerly endorsed the death penalty, my mind and heart were changed due to the wrongful conviction of a co-worker. Handing down the ‘death penalty’ is a “tough on crime stance” and it is not working and hasn’t worked for a long time. This stance wins votes for politicians and does nothing to serve the victims. Educate yourself.

    • Say What

      Brenda, your words are falling on deaf (and dumb) ears. Many of those comments are made by haters that do not care anything about humanity. They have the same bloodlust in their hearts as the killers have in theirs (at least the ones not wrongfully convicted)! They often call themselves Christians, but forget (or ignore) that God said that vengeance is his. God said that because he knew there would be haters out to kill for joy — both illegally and legally! The rest of the comments are just trolls trying to push people’s buttons.

      • Derrick

        God also said an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. God absolutley supports capital punishment, look it up. As for people who support it not caring about humanity and having bloodlust in our eyes, we aint the 1s out there doing the killing. I’m pretty sure if I was that bad of a person, with bloodlust in my eyes, I’d be out killin all kinda folks and it be kinda stupid to support the death penalty for myself, now wouldn’t it?

      • Say What

        Derrick, Most Christians in America are Protestants. That means the New Testament (Jesus’ life on earth) laws replace the laws mentioned in the Old Testament. Do you eat pork? If so, you are committing a sin according to the old laws. Do you lock your wife up in her room when she is having her period? If not, you are violating the old law! There are many many such laws mentioned in the Old Testament that no longer need to be followed because of what is said (or is omitted) in the New Testament. In the New Testament, Jesus said in Mathew 5:38-39 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”

        Also, people like you do not need to express your bloodlust in the streets — you use the government to do your killing!

      • Derrick

        Now how did I know u were gonna pull the old “its not in the New Testament, that’s just the Old Testament” trick?! I must be psychic, or maybe I’ve just heard it so many times, I kinda expect it. Sure the New Testament does in fact overrule some laws that were stated in the Old. But it does not apply to every law. If it did then Old Testament laws, like beastiality, incest and homosexuality as stated in the Book of Leviticus would now be moot. Fortunately, since Christ died on the cross for us, we need not execute those who are guilty of such things anymore (I would if it were rape) as they can be forgiven, but they’re certainly still wrong. The Ten Commandments would also no longer be applicable and surely u don’t believe that. Now, as for it not being in The New Testament, have u read Revelation 13:10? “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” KJVA. How about Romans 13:1-4? “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” KJVA. So in other words, do good and u will receive good, but do evil and it is the responsibility of the rulers/government as ” a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Now in many instances, Paul made clear that he was giving his own opinion on certain things, such as women shouldn’t preach or speak in church. Here he made no such statement, therefore we must conclude that this is God’s command, the guilty must be punished.

    • Derrick

      Umm, it doesn’t work because they sit on death row for an average of about 13 years, during which time they get to appeal several times and as long as they continue pleading innocence, they think somebody, like maybe the governor will believe and grant a stay of execution. Of course I know that there are people innocent of crimes of which they were accused and then convicted of, but then again everybody in prison is innocent, right? Look, of course the death penalty is a big deal, that’s a given, but these people that are being convicted and are beyond a shadow of a doubt guilty as sin, absolutely deserve the death penalty. This guy in Arizona sat on death row for 25 years after shooting and killing his ex gf and her father and before his execution says he prays God will forgive all of them? Really? Forgive them for wanting to see the man who killed their loved 1s punished? Wow that’s sadistic. Then all the bleeding hearts have a fit because the drugs backfired and he suffers for a couple of hours before he finally dies. I agreed with one family member who said, why didn’t we just shoot him or give him drano? I actually support the death penalty for child molesters and rapists, which is a very personal subject for me. I don’t think they should die based off of circumstancial evidence, but in the case of somebody like OJ, yeah fry em. But then again, OJ didn’t have the poor representation u spoke of did he? Nope, his lawyer team got him off scott free but was later sued for the murders and somehow he actually lost that 1. That seem right to u? Some low life beats a child to death or to within an inch of his life or maybe leaves them to die in a hot car and yet u sit there and say oh that’s just typical of u people to wanna execute these poor misunderstood animals. As far as the victims, friends and family are victims too and yeah it would absolutely help me to know that the dirtbag who took 1 of my loved 1s life was going to hell. It’s called justice, lady and there’s far too little of it in the world. I also don’t want my tax dollars going to the housing, feeding and healthcare for the scum of the earth, either for life or for 13 years until they finally get around to handing out what’s coming to em. So don’t tell me to get educated, I know what I’m talking about

      • Say What

        Derrick, the people at the Innocence Project have documented over 100 wrongly convicted people on death row. The attitude that you have (as well as many others) would have executed those innocent people with a swifter death penalty. I find it interesting that those that support the death penalty are often the the ones that claim to be pro-life. They say they are against abortions because it kills innocent life — but turn around and support a death penalty that kills innocent life! That is not pro-life!

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