Alan Miller

A three story prison dorm with aluminum siding and outside stairs rises behind a barbed wire fence. A guard tower can be seen in the background.

Doctors, ethicists skeptical that nitrogen executions will be humane

BY: - September 7, 2023

Alabama’s announcement that it will try to execute Kenneth Eugene Smith by nitrogen gas suffocation will set off a round of issues about the ethics and practicality of using an untested and unproven method of execution. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office said in an Aug. 25 request to set an execution date for Smith that […]

A bag of the sedative midazolam, with tubing and a needle attached

Federal judges hear arguments in Alabama death row inmate’s appeal

BY: - July 18, 2023

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday heard arguments over whether to allow the scheduled execution of James Edward Barber to go forward on Thursday. Barber, convicted of the murder of Dorothy Epps in 2001, argues that Alabama’s string of botched lethal injection executions means that the method violates his […]