U.S. death penalty
The state of Virginia late Thursday executed multiple murderer Alfredo Prieto, rejecting last minute court appeals from lawyers for the Salvadoran man.
Terence Valentine’s death sentence has tested the limits of Costa Rica's influence in the United States during the last decade as the country’s embassy works to commute his sentence in accordance with Costa Rica’s long-standing disapproval of the death penalty.
It could be argued that Clayton Lockett deserved to suffer for what he did, but that was not the intention of his executioners. They were trying out a new drug mixture, namely midazolam to knock the convict out; vecuronium bromide, a paralyzing agent; and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Such experimentation will now be taking place in many U.S. states that still use the death penalty.