Dispute over lethal injections continues between Gov Edwards and AG Landry
Posted on 7/20/2018 9:48:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has responded with a letter of his own after Attorney General Jeff Landry criticized him for halting executions in the state. Edwards responded by saying executions are not being carried out, because the only drugs that the legislature has authorized for lethal injection haven’t been accessible since 2010.
"It's a statutory prescribed manner of death and we have certain drugs we have to use and they are absolutely not available," Edwards said. 
In a tweet, Landry says he supports the death penalty, whether it's by lethal injection, gas, hanging or firing squad. 
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Rep. Terry Landry's bill to abolish death penalty killed in committee
Posted on 4/11/2018 3:32:00 PM.
The House Criminal Justice Committee voted down a bill to end the death penalty in Louisiana. Bossier City Representative Raymond Crews says there needs to be severe consequences for first-degree murder and raping children under the age of 13.

“Forgiveness is vitally important, but nowhere do we get any indication that there won’t be consequences. We can forgive and we can forget, but without a consequence, I mean that’s to be expected,” said Crews.

New Iberia Representative Terry Landry (pictured) marched a dozen religious groups to testify in favor of his bill, which was debated for two hours.More
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House Committee rejects bill to end the death penalty
Posted on 5/17/2017 1:48:00 PM.

The House Criminal Justice Committee rejects a proposal to that sought to end the death penalty in Louisiana. Speaking in favor of the bill was Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Shelton Shelton Fabre, who says every human life is sacred. He says an execution cannot bring back a loved one or heal terrible wounds.

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Bill to abolish death penalty in Louisiana clears Senate panel 6-1
Posted on 4/25/2017 12:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern & Halen Doughty reporting.
On a 6 to 1 vote, a Senate Judiciary committee approves a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana. The bill by Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor would eliminate the death penalty for capital murder and aggravated rape cases after July 31.
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Bill to eliminate death penalty to be heard before Senate Committee
Posted on 4/25/2017 2:40:00 AM.

A bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana goes before a Senate Committee today. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says this would end the death penalty for first degree murder and rape offenses committed after July 31st. He says given the state’s massive budget problems, this punishment makes no fiscal sense.

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Baton Rouge lawmaker seeks to end death penalty in Louisiana
Posted on 3/31/2017 1:35:00 PM.

A Baton Rouge lawmaker is calling for the end of the death penalty in Louisiana for first degree murder and first degree rape offenses committed after July 31st. Republican Senator Dan Claitor says the death penalty cheapens life, which degrades society. He says his Catholic religion teaches everyone’s life is sacred from conception to natural death.

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Panel looks at cost of capital punishment in Louisiana
Posted on 8/12/2015 1:08:00 AM.
A state panel continues to look at the cost of the death penalty in Louisiana.  New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says the purpose of the Capital Punishment Fiscal Impact Commission is to determine whether the public believes that enforcing the death penalty is worth the cost.  
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Supreme Court upholds the use of controversial drug in lethal injections
Posted on 6/29/2015 10:57:00 AM.
The US Supreme Court rules a controversial drug called midazolam can be used for lethal injections. Gary Clements, an anti-death penalty lawyer in New Orleans, is disappointed with the ruling, because the sedative did not perform like it should have in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.
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Commission looking at death penalty costs
Posted on 9/26/2014 5:29:00 AM.
New Orleans Senator JP Morrell leads a new study commission trying to determine how much Louisiana agencies spend on the death penalty.  Morrell, a Democrat, says the idea came to mind when the current combination of drugs used for lethal injection became unavailable and seeing what happened in other states.

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Lawmaker pulls the plug on electric chair bill
Posted on 4/29/2014 1:28:00 PM.
Legislation that started out as a way to bring the electric chair back as a way of executing a death row inmate was dramatically changed, before it was approved by a House committee. The author of the bill, Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto, amended the legislation, so the state can keep secret the type of drugs they use to perform an execution.
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