A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a company accused of retaliating against whistleblowing workers in Selma.
Workers in a Selma automotive parts plant have complained about conditions in the plant and were involved in a federal investigation.
An order filed by the U.S. Department of Labor Wednesday in U.S. District Court Wednesday blocks the Lear Corporation and Renosol Seating from terminating, suspending, suing, threatening or retaliating against current or former employees.
Lawmakers want to keep the identities of the companies supplying drugs for lethal injections in Alabama a secret.
That's what a bill that just passed the state House yesterday in a 76 to 26 vote will guarantee. That bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.
Alabama hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2013, partly because the state has had trouble obtaining lethal injection drugs. Pharmaceutical companies have historically shied away from associating their name with an execution drug.
The execution of an Alabama death row inmate has been put on hold.
U.S. District Judge William Keith Watkins granted the emergency stay to Tommy Arthur. The convicted killer is challenging the state’s new execution drug combination on the grounds that it’s cruel and unusual punishment. The cocktail uses the same chemicals used in botched executions in other states.
Project Hope executive director Esther Brown says this form of capital punishment is not that different from policies of the past.
Attorneys for an Alabama death row inmate have filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the state's new lethal injection drug combination has never been tried on any prisoner in the United States and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
Attorneys for Christopher Lee Price filed the suit Wednesday night. It asks a federal judge to block the state from using the new, three-drug combination. The state prison system developed the combination after running out of one of the drugs in its old execution protocol.
Andrew Lackey's execution late last month was the first in Alabama since 2011, when the state had six executions.
Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw says executions have slowed because of challenges to the way Alabama conducts executions.
Bryan Stevenson of Montgomery is an anti-death penalty attorney, and he says challenges have included questions about the drugs used. Attorneys say courts allowed Lackey's execution to proceed mainly because he had dropped his appeals. They say they expect legal challenges to continue to slow the overall pace of Alabama executions.