If a majority of the Court is willing to allow a man to be killed while his case is currently pending before the justices, that is not a good sign that there are five votes to halt Oklahoma’s execution practices.
In the mid-1980s, according to Panetti's wife, he became "convinced the devil had possessed their home and that, in an effort to cleanse their surroundings . . . buried a number of valuables next to the house and engaged in other rituals."
The bill responds to a nationwide shortage of execution drugs, which arises from increasing opposition to the death penalty from the companies that produce the drugs and from governments that prohibit their exportation if they will be used in executions.