death penalty

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Texas fracking tycoon funding anti-abortion extremism

April 26, 2019 - In a year of harsh anti-abortion bills, one introduced in Texas went furthest of all by allowing women who end a pregnancy to be put to death. The bill's sponsor — a quadruple divorcee whose first wife sought a restraining order against him — is a major recipient of contributions from a fracking services billionaire and religious sect leader who's become a leading funder of radical anti-abortion groups and candidates.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The chaos behind the mass executions in Arkansas

April 28, 2017 - Earlier this year, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced plans to execute eight death row inmates over a 10-day period this month in a rush to use a lethal injection drug before it expired. But in doing so, the state may have subjected the mentally impaired to cruel and unusual punishment and denied DNA evidence to a man who could have proven his innocence.