Nigerian Lawyer Assaulted During Court Order Execution; Bar Association Blames Speaker’s Aides

Osogbo, Nigeria — Tensions flared in Osogbo, Osun State, following an alleged attack on a local lawyer by individuals reported to be linked to the state legislature. The Nigerian Bar Association’s Osogbo branch reacted sharply to the incident involving lawyer Muhydeen Yusuf, who reportedly suffered an assault during a legal property evacuation, allegedly in the presence of Adewale Egbedun, the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly. Yemi Abiona, the chairman of the Osogbo NBA, accused Speaker Egbedun of instigating the confrontation by verbally harassing the lawyer before the alleged physical attack by his … Read more

Senators Paul and Booker Introduce ‘Justice for Breonna Taylor Act’ to Improve Warrant Execution Procedures and Prevent Loss of Life

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), along with Representative Morgan McGarvey (D-Ky.), have introduced the “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act” in honor of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot by police in Louisville, Kentucky during a search warrant execution. The proposed legislation aims to prohibit federal law enforcement agents from executing warrants until they provide notice of their authority and purpose. Additionally, it would prevent state or local law enforcement agencies receiving Department of Justice funds from executing warrants without prior notice. Under the Fourth Amendment, … Read more

Alabama’s First Nitrogen Gas Execution Ends in Violent Convulsions, Prompting Outcry from Witnesses

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The recent execution of Kenneth Smith in Alabama has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the use of nitrogen hypoxia as a method of capital punishment. Witnesses to the execution reported that Mr. Smith experienced violent shaking and convulsions as he inhaled pure nitrogen through a mask until he ultimately suffocated. While state officials claim that the process is painless, the distressing scenes witnessed during Mr. Smith’s execution suggest otherwise. The execution itself lasted at least 22 minutes, although the official time of death remains unknown due to the closure of the … Read more

Federal Judge Clears Path for First Execution by Nitrogen Hypoxia in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A federal judge in Alabama has rejected an inmate’s request to halt his execution scheduled for later this month, potentially making him the first person to be put to death using the untested method of nitrogen hypoxia. Kenneth Eugene Smith, who was convicted of a murder-for-hire plot in 1988, had argued that the state’s current protocol for nitrogen hypoxia violated his constitutional rights due to the risk of a painful death. However, Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. ruled that Smith had not proven that the protocol would cause cruel and unusual punishment, … Read more