According to the BBC executions in the US are being delayed due to a shortage of sodium thiopental, used in lethal injections!
"Officials in California are pressing for its first execution in over four years to go ahead on Thursday evening as scheduled, because the state's last remaining batch of sodium thiopental expires on Friday."
Maybe America can outsource executions to China?
They have proven credentials in the field, and the loss of jobs state-side would be minimal...
Maybe Iran can help, as a gesture of good will towards the US?
Update: Britain "saved" the day, drugs were imported from the old colonial masters... who stopped executions in the 1960s
2nd Update (Dec 16th 2010):
US inmate John Duty executed with animal drug!
A shortage of sodium thiopental in the US has led Oklahoma to use pentobarbital instead. Officials in the US state of Oklahoma have executed a prison inmate using a drug cocktail that includes a sedative typically used to euthanize animals.
John David Duty, 58, is thought to be the first US prisoner to be executed using the sedative pentobarbital.