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Capital Punishment

Why More States Should (Finally) Ban the Death Penalty

There’s little evidence that the death penalty deters murder. That leaves the questionable value of retribution — that erasing the monster who committed a heinous crime will bring comfort to the victims’ loved ones.

October 3, 2016
Duane Buck

A Day Of Reckoning For Duane Buck

Friday is a day of reckoning for Duane Buck. That’s the day the Supreme Court will determine whether to hear his appeal for a new sentencing hearing. Buck is on Death Row in Texas. It is important to emphasize that he is not seeking a new trial. There’s no question of Buck’s guilt in the […]

April 20, 2016

Boston Marathon Bomber Files Motion Seeking New Trial

The preliminary motion for a new trial cited a lack of evidence in his trial this spring, according to documents filed in federal court in Massachusetts.

July 6, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Death Penalty Drug

“The prisoners failed to identify a known and available alternative method of execution that entails a lesser risk of pain, a requirement of all Eighth Amendment method-of-execution claims.”

June 29, 2015

What Do You Think Now, Justice Scalia?

Justice Scalia invoked a vicious murder to justify state-sanctioned death. Decades later, the defendant, who had been sentenced to die, was proved innocent.

June 15, 2015
man in electric chair

This Week In Crazy: And God Created The Electric Chair

Capital punishment is God’s gift to America! Hillary Clinton is such a sure thing, people already want to impeach her! Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

May 29, 2015

Death Penalty For Tsarnaev Hurts Boston

The death penalty for Tsarnaev sentence has eroded a sense of unity — and it goes against national trends

May 19, 2015

Defense Begins Last Chance To Save Life Of Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev

Hoping to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty, lawyers for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber aggressively portrayed his older brother, Tamerlan, as the brains and muscle behind the 2013 terrorist attack.

April 28, 2015
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Boston Bomber Back In Court, Prosecution Demands Death

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will return to court for the start of his sentencing trial Tuesday when prosecutors will demand that the American jury condemn the 21-year-old to death.

April 21, 2015
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Good News, Maybe: Firing Squads Are Not Tourist Attractions

Only one thing can stop Utah’s firing squad plan: the almighty dollar.

March 26, 2015
17th Century re-enactment performed by The Sealed Knot at Stockwood Park (cenz via Flickr)

Utah Proposal To Revive Firing Squads Raises Concerns; A Question And Answer

Everything you need to know about Utah’s controversial new proposal.

March 12, 2015

Utah Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing For Execution By Firing Squad

Lethal injection is the preferred method of execution in Utah, but they may have to start shooting people instead.

March 11, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Orders Moratorium On Executions

Tom Wolf has blocked the use of capital punishment in the Keystone State.

February 13, 2015

Maryland Governor To Commute State’s Last Death Sentences

Before he leaves office, Martin O’Malley is ending the death penalty in Maryland.

December 31, 2014

Capital Punishment In U.S. Continues Its Decline

Is the death penalty on its way out in the United States?

December 18, 2014
Heartbeat abortion bill

Reproductive Rights: Letting It All Hang Out

In their war on women, the most fervent wing-nuts take no prisoners.

October 3, 2014

Missouri Carries Out Eighth Execution This Year

Washington (AFP) — Missouri put to death a convicted murderer early Wednesday, the eighth death-row inmate executed there so far this year in a grim record among U.S. states. Earl Ringo, a 40-year-old African American sentenced to death for a 1998 murder during an armed robbery at the restaurant where he worked, was pronounced dead […]

September 10, 2014

Missouri Man Executed Wednesday Morning

By James Queally and Ryan Parker, Los Angeles Times A Missouri man convicted in the rape and murder of a 24-year-old woman was executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay and Gov. Jay Nixon rejected his plea for clemency, according to statements. Michael Worthington, who was convicted in the […]

August 6, 2014

How Did The Arizona Execution Go Wrong?

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times For the third time this year, a state has set out to execute a convicted murderer but found itself unable to cleanly carry out the sentence. The continuing problems have raised questions about whether the nation’s current methods for carrying out capital punishment — a patchwork of drugs, dosages […]

July 24, 2014

Study Of Death Penalty In U.S. Urges Overhaul

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The death penalty should be overhauled “from the moment of arrest to the moment of death,” and the lethal drug cocktail used in Oklahoma’s botched execution last week should be abolished in favor of a single drug, according to a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts. The […]

May 7, 2014

Cruel And Unusual Ways Of Execution

No species in nature kills its own kind more often or more creatively than humans do, yet we cannot seem to devise a reliably swift, painless method of capital punishment. Oklahoma’s bungled execution of Clayton Lockett is the latest death-chamber debacle. After receiving a supposedly lethal injection, the convicted murderer began writhing and mumbling, and […]

May 6, 2014

Capital Punishment Can Never Be ‘Humane’

In a masterful exercise in understatement, the White House said last week that a botched Oklahoma execution was not carried out in a manner that meets the nation’s high standards for such dubious rituals. According to White House press secretary Jay Carney, “We have a fundamental standard in this country that even when the death […]

May 3, 2014

Man’s Execution Goes Awry In Oklahoma

By Matt Pearce, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times A controversial double execution in Oklahoma was called off Tuesday night after the first inmate to receive an experimental three-drug cocktail writhed and grimaced on the gurney, struggled to lift his head and died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes later, officials and […]

April 30, 2014

Florida’s IQ Exam Fails Test Of Justice

For 35 years, Florida has been trying to execute Freddie Lee Hall, who is mentally disabled and has been his whole life. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the state’s solicitor general argue that the execution should go forward because Hall scored too high on IQ tests to be spared from the death penalty. […]

March 11, 2014

Campaign Seeks To Expedite California Executions

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — Three former California governors are endorsing a proposed initiative for the November ballot that sponsors say would end lengthy death penalty appeals and speed up executions. Former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were scheduled to appear Thursday at a news conference to announce the launch […]

February 13, 2014