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A Look Back

A Look Back

08.12.2014
Has America's moral arc bent toward justice over the last half century? By some measures, it appears not.
Kansas Attorney General To Appeal Rulings Overturning Death Sentences

Kansas Attorney General To Appeal Rulings Overturning Death Sentences

08. 8.2014
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Friday that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate death...
'Dead Man Walking' Nun Slams Death Penalty As 'Botched System'

'Dead Man Walking' Nun Slams Death Penalty As 'Botched System'

Moni Basu  08. 6.2014
New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- Sister Helen Prejean blasts the air-conditioner in her champagne-colored Toyota Corolla, the back bumper...
Missouri Inmate Executed For Raping, Killing College Student

Missouri Inmate Executed For Raping, Killing College Student

JIM SUHR  08. 5.2014
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate was put to death Wednesday for raping and killing a college student in 1995, making him the...
Lawyers Cite Botched Arizona Execution While Defending Gitmo Prisoner

Lawyers Cite Botched Arizona Execution While Defending Gitmo Prisoner

08. 5.2014
By Lacey Johnson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for the Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged with masterminding...
New Evidence Suggests Key Witness In Death Row Case Was Encouraged To Lie

New Evidence Suggests Key Witness In Death Row Case Was Encouraged To Lie

MAURICE POSSLEY  08. 3.2014
CORSICANA, Tex. — For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters...
Justices Silent Over Execution Drug Secrecy

Justices Silent Over Execution Drug Secrecy

08. 3.2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of...
Gigi Gordon, Death Row Lawyer: An Admirable Life Ended as It Was Lived

Gigi Gordon, Death Row Lawyer: An Admirable Life Ended as It Was Lived

08. 1.2014
When life was no longer worth living, she ended it. I see no irony in this. As a tough, intelligent, independent person, she did not want...
Is Lethal Injection Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Is Lethal Injection Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

07.31.2014
As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, a legal scholar in New York, and the former...
California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

07.29.2014
Last year, executions in the U.S. dipped to a 20-year low. Jones v Chappell only further erodes confidence in the criminal justice system,...
A Deadly Secret: States Refuse to Share the Source of Lethal Injection Drugs in Executions

A Deadly Secret: States Refuse to Share the Source of Lethal Injection Drugs in Executions

07.28.2014
A botched execution also erodes public confidence because it means that something went wrong with the very process of death, which we have...
The Continuing Problems with Lethal Injection

The Continuing Problems with Lethal Injection

07.28.2014
Arizona's recent botched execution of Joseph Wood is the latest in a series of horrific events demonstrating that lethal injection is a...
Victims' Families Seek Justice, Retribution And Closure From Death Penalty

Victims' Families Seek Justice, Retribution And Closure From Death Penalty

07.28.2014
Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped...

How I Became Interested in the Death Penalty and Why I'm Against It

07.27.2014
It is easier to dismiss someone as being "evil" than to face the tangle of social failures that we're all complicit in. It's easier to...