The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning to overturn the death sentence of Timothy Tyrone Foster, a black man who was convicted of murdering a white woman in Georgia in 1987. Prosecutors struck all four black prospective jurors during selection for Foster’s case, leaving him with an entirely white jury deciding his fate.
According to The Guardian, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has a rather ghoulish decision on his hands: if he chooses to sign the bill currently on his desk into effect before midnight, Virginia prisons will be authorized to execute the accused with an electric chair rather horrifyingly dubbed “Old Sparky.”
The state of Ohio, which last put someone to death in January 2014, has delayed all of its scheduled executions again, until at least 2017, the Associated Press reports. The prisons department announced that it has run out of supplies of lethal injection drugs and hasn’t been able to acquire new chemicals.
Oklahoma’s ability to carry out executions according to its own laws is even more suspect than it originally seemed. According to a report in The Oklahoman, a man named Charles Warner was killed in January using potassium acetate—the same incorrect drug that led to the postponement of Richard Glossip’s death last week.
When the state of Oklahoma stopped the execution of Richard Glossip on the day he was scheduled to die this week, it wasn’t because he may very well be be an innocent man, but because they’d received the wrong lethal injection drug. Today, the state’s highest criminal court decided to postpone two other pending executions because of the mixup.
Today, the state of Oklahoma plans to administer a lethal injection to Richard Glossip for his alleged role in the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese. Glossip has insisted that he was framed for the crime ever since it was perpetrated nearly two decades ago, and there’s compelling evidence that he may be telling the truth.