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"Fifty Years Ago, the Supreme Court Tried to Reduce Racial Bias in the Death Penalty. Did It Work?," by Austin Sarat, Slate, May 11, 2022
"Death row inmate," Courthouse News Service, May 10, 2022
"Arizona agrees to mix new batch of drugs for Clarence Dixon execution," by Michael McDaniel, Courthouse News Service, May 09, 2022
"Arizona judge mulls death row inmate’s mental competency," by Michael McDaniel, Courthouse News Service, May 03, 2022
"Tennessee governor halts 2022 executions for lethal injection review," by Erik De La Garza, Courthouse News Service, May 02, 2022
"Court green-lights execution of Missouri man who complained of long delay between conviction and sentencing," by Ellana Erskine, SCOTUSblog, May 02, 2022
"Arizona death row inmate denied clemency despite claims he is mentally incompetent," by Michael McDaniel, Courthouse News Service, April 28, 2022
"US judge: Nevada inmate’s execution challenge may be moot," by Ken Ritter, Associated Press, April 25, 2022
"The death chamber doctor’s dilemma: A physician in South Carolina breaks his silence," by Chiara Eisner, The State, April 26, 2022
"Supreme Court agrees to review death row inmate’s bid for DNA testing," by John Kruzel and Mychael Schnell, The Hill, April 25, 2022
"In rejecting death row inmate's case, judge says law enforcement isn't a profession," by Dustin Jones, NPR, April 24, 2022
"Justices will clarify how death-row prisoners can contest a state’s method of execution," by Lee Kovarsky, SCOTUSblog, April 22, 2022
"Court allows Texas to execute man who spent 31 years on death row," by Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog, April 21, 2022
"Court halts South Carolina plan for firing squad execution," by Michelle Liu, Associated Press, April 20, 2022
"Divided Supreme Court Denies Appeal Over Race, Death Penalty," by Jordan S. Rubin, Bloomberg Law, April 18, 2022