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50 Extreme Right-Wing Proposals From The 2016 GOP Platform

Before Trump turned the Republican nominating contest into a battle of boasts and bullying, right-wing extremists had dominated the party. Their platform, not surprisingly, goes even further to the right than what’s even been heard from Trump.

November 8, 2016

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

New Amnesty Report: Increase In Executions Worldwide, Decrease In Countries With Death Penalty

The report singled out United States for being the only country in the Americas to continue to use the death penalty over the past seven years.

April 6, 2016
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida’s Way Of Imposing Death Sentences

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s death-penalty practice, concluding that the state’s unique system, which combines a jury’s non-unanimous recommendation with a trial judge’s final decision, violates the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment.

January 13, 2016

Presidential Candidate Bush ‘Conflicted’ About Death Penalty

“It’s hard for me, as a human being, to sign the death warrant, to be honest with you,” he said. “I’m informed by my faith in many things, and this is one of them. So I have to admit that I’m conflicted about this.”

November 1, 2015

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

Late Night Roundup: SCOTUS’ Consolation Prize For The Right

“So yes, gay people have the right to marry, and poor people have the right to insurance — but on the bright side, Americans can still kill prisoners painfully, and everyone else slowly.”

July 1, 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
Martin O'Malley

7 Things You Should Know About Martin O’Malley

A guitar-playing, devout Irish Catholic who is in favor of abortion and gay marriage, abolishing the death penalty, and passed the DREAM Act. Meet Martin O’Malley.

May 29, 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

North Carolina Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In Killing Of 3 Muslims

North Carolina killer of 3 Muslims wrote on Facebook: “Some call me a gun toting Liberal, others call me an open-minded Conservative.”

April 6, 2015
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As Death Row Runs Out Of Room, California Governor Covets Space Left By The Newly Sprung

California prisons are running out of room to house the condemned men it said it would kill but has yet to.

April 6, 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

Glenn Ford Walks Free, Marty Stroud Never Will

Let Marty Stroud’s experience serve as a warning to those who persist in believing the death penalty is justice. The death penalty is, he now writes, “state-assisted revenge.”

March 25, 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

The Case Of Scott Panetti — And The True Meaning Of ‘Cruel And Unusual’

America must move past “eye for an eye” justice.

December 8, 2014