Capital Punishment and the Racial Execution of Justice

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Wendell Griffen, an African American judge from Arkansas, is battling what he refers to as the state’s “white power structure.” The case centers on Griffen’s struggle to regain his right to oversee capital punishment cases.

In 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison planned to end the state’s decade long hiatus from executing incarcerated people with a record breaking proposal to rush through eight executions in a 10-day span. On Good Friday, the pharmaceutical giant McKesson Medical-Surgical complicated Hutchison’s plan with a last-minute lawsuit. The suit claimed Arkansas purchased the company’s anesthetic under the false auspices of treating the incarcerated and then repurposed it for use in a fatal drug cocktail used in lethal injections. McKesson sought a temporary restraining order to halt the use of their anesthesia in the lethal injection in order to allow time for the company to bring their case…

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    Articles like these are the reason i have subscribed.
    -Thanks for not just giving top level information we find in all tabloids but going beyond the surface and doing investigative journalism providing more in-depth statistics to paint a clearer picture of inequality

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      Thanks for subscribing! and the encouragement Jasper. I hope The North Star continues to provide fuel for your fire.

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