The U.S. Supreme Court gave a reprieve to a Georgia inmate less than two hours before he was to be executed Tuesday for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer.
[cuz someone's got to made example for harming the King's man] A Georgia man convicted of killing an off-duty police officer was set to be executed even though witnesses have recanted their testimony and questions remain about his guilt
A man on death row in Texas for 14 years for the murder of a young girl has been exonerated after DNA tests, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) reported.
In a case that has drawn international attention, Texas executed José E. Medellín on Tuesday night in defiance of an international court ruling and despite pleas from the Bush administration for a new hearing.
Citing "brutal crimes," President Bush authorized the execution of an Army private convicted of a spree of rapes and murders in North Carolina in the 1980s. It was the first time a commander in chief has affirmed a military death sentence s
Mike Renzulli gives his take on the state of capital punishment in the court system and gives philosophical reasons to oppose state-sanctioned murder too.
The Supreme Court saved the lives of many raped children in the United States today. And politicians will undoubtedly feign outrage, shed some crocodile tears for the cameras and move on to the next thing to help themselves get re-elected.
Multiple sclerosis has Paul House in a wheelchair. A tenacious prosecutor has him on death row, deemed too dangerous to be released two years after the U.S. Supreme Court said he likely is not guilty.
In a 7-to-2 decision announced, the US Supreme Court upheld the injection procedures used by Kentucky officials to execute condemned prisoners. The justices ruled the existing procedures do not pose a "substantial risk of serious harm."
30 years ago the US Supreme Court issued a landmark decision, declaring sentencing someone to death for the crime of rape was cruel and unusual punishment. The decision referred to the rape of an adult woman, but it left an issue unresolved.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed into law Monday a measure that abolishes the death penalty, making New Jersey the first state in more than four decades to reject capital punishment.
Texas is poised to execute a man for a crime he did not commit. While the perpetrator of the murder in San Antonio was executed last year, Kenneth Foster, was sitting in a car 25 yards away at the time of the shooting, was sentenced to death under th
The Justice Department is putting the final touches on regulations that could give Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales important new sway over death penalty cases in California and other states, including the power to shorten the time that death row inmat
What gets little notice, however, is a series of academic studies over the last half-dozen years that claim to settle a once hotly debated argument - whether the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder. The analyses say yes. They count between th
Robert Comer died with a steady gaze and a defiant smile on his face, the first person to be executed in Arizona since November 2000. Comer brought a picture of his daughter with him to the death chamber and used his last words to say, "Go, Raid
When Robert Comer is laid on a gurney in Florence today, he will be the first person executed in nearly seven years - and only because he went to court to earn the right to die. Why have there been so few executions this decade and what takes so l
Inmates put to death by lethal injection may get less anesthetic -- pound for pound -- to knock them unconscious and deaden pain than do animals euthanized in lab experiments, the study concludes.
With little money to unearth details about his client's past, Jackson did not chronicle the mitigating circumstances that could have helped his client's cause. The jury learned almost nothing about the import of King's low IQ, his childho
Lawmakers have proposed legislation that would increase the range of crimes eligible for execution. In Texas and Tennessee, for example, legislators want to include certain child molesters who did not murder their victims.
A convicted killer whose execution was botched last year was never in any pain, and appeared to be straining to see a clock, not grimacing as some witnesses claimed, the warden told a panel reviewing Florida's lethal injection procedures.
But above all is the possibility of a mistake, made dramatically clear in recent years. Since the death penalty was reinstated, 123 people have been freed from death row after significant questions were raised about their convictions
Folks in this hardscrabble town still cling to the legend of Charlie Birger, the bootlegging gangster who moments before meeting his maker on the gallows flippantly remarked how lovely the world was.
Death penalty opponents criticized the execution of a convicted murderer who took more than half an hour to die and needed a rare second dose of lethal chemicals. "They had to execute him twice," Mark Elliot said. "If Floridians could
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas unveiled sweeping proposals that he says will speed up death penalty cases, which take years to crawl through the legal system. Arizona hasn't executed anyone since 2000 and there is a backlog of roughly 118
A man who was convicted in 1990 of raping and murdering a high school classmate when he was 16 was freed from prison after DNA evidence implicated another man who authorities said confessed to the crime.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced that he withdrew his office’s notice of intent to seek the death penalty in a vehicular homicide case stemming from an April 2005 crash on Loop 101 in Scottsdale.
[I oppose the death penalty, but this ruling from the AZ Supremes is weird.] The Arizona Supreme Court overturned a man's death sentence and instead sentenced him to natural life in prison for the murder of an Indian immigrant just days after the
A doctor who oversaw dozens of Missouri executions until his questionable practices led a judge to suspend executions in the state, has been sued for malpractice more than 20 times and has a history of making medical mistakes.
Doctors shouldn't help put inmates to death by lethal injection or work with the legal system to ensure condemned inmates feel no pain at execution, the president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists is telling his colleagues.
The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China "promotes human rights now," says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van