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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

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

Media, ACLU Sue Oklahoma Over Right To Watch Executions

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times Oklahoma prison officials violated the First Amendment when they closed the blinds to witnesses during a botched execution in April, media and civil liberties advocates allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union and its Oklahoma affiliate teamed up with the Guardian U.S. and the […]

August 25, 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

Missouri Executes Sixth Inmate This Year After Legal Battle

By Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times Missouri executed John Middleton on Wednesday night after two days of legal efforts to prevent it. He was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. local time. The state’s sixth execution of the year came the same day that a federal judge in California ruled that state’s death penalty unconstitutional. “Twenty […]

July 17, 2014

Georgia, Missouri Execute Convicted Killers; First Since Botched Lethal Injection

By Matt Pearce and Ryan Parker, Los Angeles Times Convicted killers in Georgia and Missouri were executed late Tuesday about an hour apart, marking the first executions in the U.S. since the botched lethal injection of an Oklahoma prisoner in April. Shortly before midnight in Georgia, Marcus Wellons, 59, was executed by lethal injection after a […]

June 18, 2014

Three Sentenced To Death In Tiananmen Square Car Attack

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — A Chinese court has sentenced three people to death and five others to prison in connection with a deadly terrorist attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last fall, authorities said Monday. Two pedestrians were killed and about 40 were injured in the October incident, in which a jeep drove […]

June 16, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court To Decide Whether Execution Survivor Can Be Killed

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Ohio’s top court will decide whether it is legal for the state to again try to kill the only living person to survive an execution attempt, or whether another effort to use lethal injection would violate his constitutional right to avoid cruel and unusual punishment. The case, accepted by […]

June 3, 2014

First U.S. Inmate To Be Executed After Botched Lethal Injection

Washington (AFP) – A Texas man on Tuesday is to be the first U.S. inmate put to death since a botched lethal injection procedure in neighboring Oklahoma ignited a wrenching national debate over the death penalty. Barring a last minute stay, death row inmate Robert James Campbell is to be put to death by state […]

May 13, 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

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

Oklahoma Governor Pledges Independent Review After Botched Execution

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin promised an independent review of the state’s execution protocols Wednesday after a bungled execution raised questions about the state’s handling of capital punishment. The Republican governor emphasized, however, that she has faith that state officials were legally correct in proceeding with the execution […]

April 30, 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

Oklahoma Grapples With Death Penalty Issues After Court Ruling

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times A divided Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted two death row inmates a reprieve, while throwing the state’s legal system into a tizzy on how to administer the death penalty. In a 5-4 ruling, the state Supreme Court ordered a stay in Tuesday’s planned execution of Clayton Lockett, convicted in the […]

April 22, 2014

U.S. Serial Killer Set To Die After Court Reverse

Washington (AFP) — A U.S. serial killer is set to die by lethal injection on Thursday after a federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling which postponed the execution in the latest legal battle over the drugs used to carry out death sentences. Lawyers for Tommy Sells, who was convicted of murdering a 13-year-old […]

April 3, 2014

World’s ‘Longest-Serving’ Death Row Inmate Freed For Japan Retrial

By Hiroshi Hiyama Tokyo (AFP) — A man believed to be the world’s longest-serving death row inmate walked free from jail Thursday after decades in solitary confinement in a rare about-face for Japan’s rigid justice system. A slightly unsteady-looking Iwao Hakamada, 78, emerged from the Tokyo prison with his campaigning sister after Shizuoka District Court […]

March 27, 2014

World Execution Toll Rose In 2013: Amnesty

By Robin Millard London (AFP) – The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday, but China remains the world’s biggest state executioner by far. Beijing is thought to have killed thousands of its own citizens, more than the rest […]

March 27, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma’s Execution Law

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Oklahoma’s law governing executions is unconstitutional because privacy provisions prevent anyone from learning about the drugs used to kill the condemned, a state judge ruled Wednesday in the latest case in the growing area of death penalty litigation. Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ruled that the state’s secrecy […]

March 26, 2014

Florida Executes First U.S. Inmate Of 2014

Washington (AFP) – The United States put to death its first inmate of the year in Florida, after a drop in executions during 2013. Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was convicted of abducting and killing a Miami couple in 1974 and fatally stabbing a prison guard six years later using a sharpened […]

January 8, 2014

Man Who Oversaw Saddam Hanging Recalls Dictator’s End

Baghdad (AFP) – Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes. The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret. “A criminal? […]

December 27, 2013

Death Penalty Support May Be Dying

More than a week has passed since the execution of Troy Davis, who insisted he was innocent until his eyes closed forever. Georgia won this battle, but it has potentially ignited a movement to eliminate the death penalty in this country. If we’ve learned anything from Davis’ execution, it’s that our judicial system is too […]

September 29, 2011

Troy Davis, R.I.P.: One Day The Truth Will Come Out

2000: Frank Lee Smith is posthumously exonerated — he’d died 11 months earlier — 14 years after being convicted of raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl. The eyewitnesses were wrong. 2001: Charles Fain is exonerated and set free 18 years after being sentenced to death for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a young girl. […]

September 25, 2011

Will Troy Davis’ Execution Lead To The Abolition Of The Death Penalty? Probably Not.

Troy Davis’ execution in Georgia Wednesday night elicited massive amounts of publicity and general outrage. But, despite the impression given by the media, Davis wasn’t the only American executed that night. The fact that another execution was met with relative silence reflects most Americans’ persistent refusal to openly call for the complete abolition of the […]

September 22, 2011

Troy Davis’ Execution Nears

In the final hours of a years-long fight to save Troy Davis’ life, human rights activists have intensified efforts to prevent the execution of a most likely innocent man. The prospects, however, look increasingly bleak. Davis’ lawyers have been scrambling for any possible solutions, but the only remaining chance to stop the execution is through […]

September 21, 2011