A man convicted of the 1994 execution-style shooting of a store clerk in Alabama was put to death on Thursday by lethal injection in the third U.S. execution carried out this week. Derrick O'Neal Mason, 37, was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m. local t
Former federal prosecutor, drug warrior, CIA lawyer and GOP congressman from Georgia Bob Barr said that the vast majority of the witnesses had recanted in the Troy Davis case should have implored the Board of Pardons to stop his execution.
Georgia inmate Troy Davis has been executed for the killing of an off-duty police officer in a case that has drawn worldwide support over his claims of innocence. Courts consistently ruled against him, however, and the officer’s family says they fin
Troy Davis, an American convicted two decades ago of killing an off-duty policeman, has urged opponents of the death penalty to fight on after he is executed Wednesday following a failed bid for clemency. The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Par
Supporters of death-row inmate Troy Davis vowed Tuesday to continue fighting to stave off his scheduled execution, despite a decision by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to deny clemency.
The execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die in less than a week, should be halted because of "pervasive, persistent doubts" about his guilt, said William S. Sessions, a former federal district judge in Texas and FBI direc
. . . why Rick Perry replaced those members of the Texas Forensics Commission, this ought to put them to rest....
"...one of the major civil-liberty controversies present in our society is largely ignored by libertarians: capital punishment..."
A Georgia man convicted of killing his parents and sister was executed Thursday after the courts allowed what experts say is the nation's first video-recorded execution in almost two decades. Andrew DeYoung, 37, received a lethal injection Thursda
Georgia execution by lethal injection to be filmed amid legal challenges, as Texas man put to death for Dallas murder.
Since the mid 90s, federal death penalty statutes have been slowly but steadily expanding to include more and more offenses within their reach. With the committee-amended PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill that’s headed for floor votes in the next few
The Governor of Illinois has signed a bill repealing the death penalty and commuting the sentences of 15 men
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Texas inmate sentenced to die for killing his girlfriend and her two adult sons nearly two decades ago, saying the man who came within about an hour of being executed last year can ask to test crime-scene evi
On paper, the drug that states are increasingly counting on to replace a sedative used in executions shares several drawbacks with the one that's no longer readily available. Both were intended for other uses. Each was or is made by only one compa
Ohio said on Tuesday it would join other U.S. states in switching to a drug for executions often used to euthanize pets, after a U.S. company bowed to European Union pressure and stopped making a preferred drug.
The sole U.S. manufacturer of a key lethal injection drug said Friday it is ending production because of death-penalty opposition overseas — a move that could delay executions across the United States. Over the past several months, a growing short
The Illinois House voted to ban the death penalty, moving the measure on to the Senate a decade after a moratorium on executions was put into place by former Governor George Ryan. Thursday night's vote came after a first vote failed,
A district court in Texas will decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional based on the disproportionately high risk of wrongful convictions in Texas. The first time a court will examine the problem of innocent people being executed in Texas
A DNA test on a single hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was put to death 10 years ago for a liquor-store murder - an execution that went forward after then-Gov. George W. Bush's staff failed to tell him the condemned man was asking
A group opposed to the death penalty filed suit to try to prevent a British company from exporting a drug used in the execution of American inmates. The Arizona Chief Deputy Attorney General said the state obtained from Britain the drug used to execu
Landrigan died by injection at a state prison in Florence Tuesday after a stay issued by a federal judge was lifted by the U.S. Supreme Court. That stay was based on questions about the effectiveness of the state's supply of an execution drug in shor
At a recent hearing, an Arizona judge sounded puzzled about the need for FDA approval for the drug. "What difference does that make?" judge Andrew Hurwitz asked. "It strikes me as strange that the FDA law was meant to regulate executions... The
A state prosecutor and defense attorneys for a murderer scheduled for execution next week will argue before the Arizona Supreme Court as to whether the state has to reveal its source of the drugs needed for execution.The drugs may have been imported,
A Texas appeals court has ordered a halt to a district court’s inquiry into whether Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 for setting a 1992 fire that killed his three daughters, was innocent. The stay was sought by Navarro County District Attorn
The Supreme Court considered whether a Texas death row inmate should be allowed to use civil rights law to gain access to DNA evidence that could prove his innocence in a triple murder. In a case with broad implications for states with the death pena
A court hearing to determine whether a man executed in 2004 was innocent of burning to death his 3 young daughters was postponed when prosecutors asked the judge to take himself off the case. Willingham's family is seeking to have his name cleared
A string of witnesses admitted giving false testimony at the 1991 trial of a convicted murderer who has spent almost two decades on death row in the United States. The admissions came at a special hearing ordered by the US Supreme Court
Friday morning's execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner by firing squad seemed like a punishment straight out of the 19th century. But the mode of communication used to announce Gardner's impending death was strictly 21st century: Twitter.
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a Texas death row inmate should have access to evidence for DNA testing that he says could clear him of three murders.
Does the fact that Skinner asked his lawyer—in writing—to request the [DNA] test, and his lawyer refused ....and ... an accused murderer getting a court-appointed attorney who was a former DA, but actually prosecuted the accused in another case.