Another state, namely Connecticut, has acknowledged the fact that the death penalty fails to serve any legitimate purpose and does not comport with contemporary standards of decency. According to the Court, "Upon careful consideration ofthe defendant's claims in light ofthe governing constitutional principles and Connecticut's unique historical and legal landscape, we are persuaded that, following its prospective abolition, this state's death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose.
According to CBS, "A Missouri circuit county judge ruled that the Department of Corrections violated the law by refusing to disclose records about pharmacies that compound the state’s execution drug.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, which sued the state, said the state should now disclose the name of the pharmacy.
In response to new research released today by Political Science Professor Frank Baumgartner revealing significant racial, gender, and geographic disparities with regards to who is executed in Missouri, former North Kansas City Police Chief Glenn Ladd, stated that the information points to the fundamental arbitrariness of capital punishment. Baumgartner’s research indicates that a majority of the state’s 80 executions (between 1976 and 2014) come from just three, or 2.6%, of Missouri’s 114 counties and the independent city of St.
Despite pleas for clemency, and the fundamental flaws associated with the death penalty, as acknowledged by Justice Breyers' dissent in Glossip v. Gross, Missouri executed David Zink on July 14.