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NY Times

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.

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Christian Science Monitor

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."

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Christian Science Monitor

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.

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LA Times

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

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AP

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

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Arizona Republic

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

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Arizona Republic

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

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AP

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.

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USA Today

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.

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AP

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.

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AP

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

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AP

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

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NY Times

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.

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EastValley Tribune

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.

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