Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Texas Plans an Execution

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Texas Plans an Execution

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- If Texas executes Robert James Campbell as planned today, for raping and murdering a woman, it will be the nation's first execution since Oklahoma's bungled attempt at lethal injection two weeks ago left a convicted murderer writhing and moaning before he died.

Lawyers for Campbell are trying to use the Oklahoma debacle to stop the Texas execution. But many in this state and in this East Texas town north of Houston, where hundreds have been executed in the nation's busiest death chamber, like to say they do things right.

For two years now, Texas has used a single drug, the barbiturate pentobarbital, instead of the three-drug regimen used in neighboring Oklahoma. Prison administrators from other states often travel to Huntsville to learn how Texas performs lethal injections and to observe executions. Texas officials have provided guidance and, on at least a few occasions, carried out executions for other states.

IMF chief skips address

BOSTON -- The managing director of the International Monetary Fund backed out of giving this year's commencement address at Smith College in the wake of protests from faculty and students, the school announced Monday.

Christine Lagarde, who has headed the IMF since 2011, told the women's college over the weekend that it was clear her presence on the Northampton campus was not welcomed. Many of those who opposed Ms. Lagarde said they were attacking the IMF for being "a corrupt system" that fuels the oppression and abuse of woman worldwide. A spokeswoman from the IMF declined to comment on those allegations.

Condom seizures curbed

NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a long-standing practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

Under the new policy announced Monday, officers may continue to seize condoms as evidence in sex-trafficking and promotion of prostitution cases, but they will not use them in support of prostitution cases. …

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