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82-Year-Old Arrested Over Her Unpaid $77 Trash Bill

Martha Menefield was handcuffed, briefly taken to jail

(Newser) - After the handcuffs were placed on Martha Menefield, the Valley, Alabama, woman says one of the officers leaned in and "kind of whispered" to her that she shouldn't cry. She had a biting response, per CBS42 : "How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?"...

'Execution Survivor' Won't Be Subjected to Lethal Injection Again

Any future effort to execute Alan Eugene Miller will be done by nitrogen hypoxia

(Newser) - Alabama won't seek another lethal injection date for an inmate whose Sept. 22 execution had been halted because of problems establishing an intravenous line, according to the terms of a settlement agreement approved by US District Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. on Tuesday. The state agreed to never use...

Alabama Calls for Halt to Executions

Political scientist Austin Sarat wants to see the 'insane' method ended across the country

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has called for a stop to executions in the state after two failed attempts at lethal injections—a problem on display in other states this week. In a Monday release, following the failed executions of Kenneth Smith on Nov. 17 and Alan Miller on Sept. 22,...

Scheduled Execution Takes Several Twists and Turns

Alabama ultimately called off the planned execution of Kenneth Smith

(Newser) - An appellate court on Thursday night issued a stay halting the scheduled execution of Alabama inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith, and the state then appealed to the US Supreme Court—which vacated the stay, theoretically allowing the 57-year-old's lethal injection to proceed. But the SCOTUS decision was issued just hours...

Man Shoots Himself After Long Standoff in Alabama

He held police at bay outside government building in Mobile

(Newser) - A man with a gun held police at bay outside a government building for more than five hours Monday, shutting down part of downtown Mobile, Alabama, before shooting himself, authorities said. The man, who wasn't immediately identified, was believed to have suffered a life-threatening wound, but his condition wasn'...

Alabama Prison Botches Another Lethal Injection

Alan Eugene Miller previously sued the state for failing to use his chosen method of execution

(Newser) - Alan Eugene Miller is now America’s only living execution survivor, according to the Atlantic’s Elizabeth Bruenig, who was present at Alabama's Holman prison Sept. 22 with the expectation of witnessing Miller’s execution. Instead, Bruenig was present for yet another botched execution, Alabama’s second of the...

Alabama Runs Out of Time to Execute Inmate

They had trouble accessing Alan Miller's veins for lethal injection

(Newser) - Alabama officials called off the Thursday lethal injection of a man convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting because of time concerns and trouble accessing the inmate’s veins. Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said the state halted the scheduled execution of Alan Miller after they determined they could not get...

After Rollercoaster Day, SCOTUS Says Alabama Can Execute Man

A second court blocked the execution before high court said it can proceed

(Newser) - Update: A divided US Supreme Court said Alabama can proceed Thursday night with the lethal injection of an inmate convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting, vacating two lower court rulings that sided with the condemned man and his request for a different method of execution. The 5-4 decision reversed rulings...

Cops: Grandpa Returned to Car 3 Times After Boy Died in Heat

Alabama man has been charged in toddler's death

(Newser) - An Alabama grandfather who had been taking his grandson to daycare in the mornings as his daughter, the boy's mother, recovered from hip surgery apparently forgot to drop the 2-year-old off Tuesday, with unimaginable consequences. The toddler, Ian Wiesman, was found dead in his grandfather's truck later that...

Alabama Is Prepping an Untested Execution Method

Method has never been used for execution, but Alabama says it could soon be ready to try it

(Newser) - Alabama says it’s preparing an untried execution method: nitrogen hypoxia. According to NPR, the method involves inert gas asphyxiation, whereby the level of nitrogen—which typically makes up about 78% of the air we breathe—is fatally raised to 100%. There’s no question hypoxia can lead to death,...

Pregnant Women Jailed Here for Drugs Have Only One Way Out

They're kept behind bars in Etowah County, Ala., unless they go to rehab, pay $10K

(Newser) - Multiple pregnant women or new moms are behind bars in an Alabama prison after being arrested for drug use, and they're being kept there for "weeks or months" on end under "special conditions," per . The outlet reports that the women involved, accused of exposing...

They Survived the Holocaust Together, Died Together, Too

Sisters Ilse Scheuer Nathan and Ruth Scheuer Siegler die 11 days apart in Alabama

(Newser) - Two sisters who together survived the Holocaust then settled within walking distance of each other in Alabama have died 11 days apart. Ilse Scheuer Nathan, 98, died Aug. 23, followed by sister Ruth Scheuer Siegler, 95, on Saturday, per USA Today . Their closeness in Birmingham must've been some comfort....

Divorce Filing: My Husband Tried to Kill Me

Brian Mann charged with attempted murder via lead poisoning in Alabama

(Newser) - An Alabama woman who filed for divorce from her husband of five years allegedly had very good reason: She says he tried to kill her by giving her capsules that he claimed were vitamins but turned out to contain lead. The woman identified as Hannah spent more than six weeks...

Inmate Had No Last Words, Which Some See as Suspicious

Private autopsy suggests Joe Nathan James Jr.'s arm may have been cut to find a vein

(Newser) - An anti-death penalty group alleges that Alabama corrections officials apparently botched an inmate's execution last month, citing the length of time that passed before the prisoner received the lethal injection and a private autopsy indicating his arm may have been cut to find a vein. Joe Nathan James Jr....

Black Pastor Plans Suit After Arrest While Watering Flowers

Michael Jennings said he was taking care of neighbor's Ala. home when cops showed up

(Newser) - A Black pastor is ramping up for a lawsuit after he says Alabama police wrongfully arrested him outside his home in Childersburg while he was watering his neighbor's flowers. NBC News reports on footage released this week by lawyers for Michael Jennings that shows his May 22 arrest, "...

College Students' Road Trip Ends in Deadly Shootout

2 alleged forest dwellers charged with killing 22-year-old Adam Simjee in Alabama

(Newser) - A Florida college student exploring the Alabama wilderness with his girlfriend was fatally wounded during a shootout with a would-be robber who appeared to be living with others in the woods, authorities said. Adam Simjee, 22, was shot to death in the Talladega National Forest near popular Cheaha State Park...

Autopsy Reveals 'Lengthy, Painful' Alabama Execution

Victim's family didn't want Joe Nathan James Jr. executed

(Newser) - The family of the woman he killed did not want him executed . But Joe Nathan James Jr. was put to death last month in Alabama anyway, and now an independent autopsy reveals that his was a "lengthy and painful death," according to a reporter who witnessed the procedure....

Here Are the Best, Worst States to Have a Kid

Massachusetts is the No. 1 state, in WalletHub's assessment; Alabama comes in last

(Newser) - If you're thinking of starting a family, or want to expand the one you have, there are some US states that may be better than others, from the birthing process onward. WalletHub looked at nearly three dozen metrics for all 50 states and DC, in four main categories: cost,...

At Execution, Officials Told Journalist Her Skirt Was Too Short
At Execution, Officials
Told Journalist Her
Skirt Was Too Short

At Execution, Officials Told Journalist Her Skirt Was Too Short

Reporter had to change into a male photographer's extra pants

(Newser) - While attempting to report on an Alabama execution last week , a female journalist was informed by a prison official that her skirt was too short and did not meet regulations. Another female reporter says she was subjected to a full-body inspection to make sure her clothing lengths were appropriate, the...

Union Slams 'Outrageous' Order to Pay Coal Company $13M

United Mine Workers of America plans to challenge decision on costs caused by strike

(Newser) - A federal oversight board has ordered the United Mine Workers of America to pay more than $13 million in compensation to an Alabama coal company whose members have been on strike for more than a year, a ruling the union said Wednesday it would challenge. The National Labor Relations Board...

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