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Death Penalty Unconstitutional in Oklahoma? What's Next?

Adam Banner | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.

State May Execute An Innocent Woman This Week

Jackson Free Press | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics

Edward Byrom Jr. confessed to murdering his father, Edward Byrom Sr., on June 4, 1999, in a letter to his mother, excerpted above. One of at least fou...

Death for the Boston Bomber? Doubtful

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.05.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If I were a betting woman, I'd plunk down $10 right now and bet that suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will die in prison and not in an execution chamber.

How to Lose 10 Pounds Without Trying

Greg McKeown | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg McKeown

The second way to think about change is to go small to go big. This model means making absolutely tiny adjustments to our daily routine so that execution becomes almost effortless. It is a counterintuitive approach. But it is through incredibly small changes in our daily schedule that real and lasting change happens overtime.

State Conducts Fourth Execution In 4 Months

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 02.27.2014 | Crime

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate was executed early Wednesday for abducting, raping and killing a Kansas City teenager as she waited for he...

Why We Should Dismantle the Death Penalty

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Carl Pettit

If someone deliberately killed one of our loved ones, we could (I know I would) very well harbor fantasies of violent revenge. Under these difficult circumstances, that would be a very human thing to do. But it shouldn't be the responsibility of the state to carry out the ultimate penalty for us.

Ex-California Governors Back Plan To Speed Up Executions

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

More than 700 California inmates are sitting on a death row that hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006, according to the San Jose Mercury News....

Federal Judge Blocks Company From Selling Execution Drug To Missouri

AP | TIM TALLEY | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked an Oklahoma compounding pharmacy from selling a drug to the Missouri Departm...

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay Just Before Execution

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday on two petitions regarding Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls, the Misso...

The Execution of Edgar Tamayo Arias

Sarah Shourd | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Sarah Shourd

Each time we execute a foreign national whose consular rights were stripped away, the bonds of mutual trust between nations are loosened and the delicate fabric of international cooperation unravels a little more.

Mexican National Executed After Supreme Court Rejects Appeal To Delay

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 03.24.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The execution of a Mexican national was at least temporarily put on hold Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court considered app...

Execution On, Appeals Court Rules

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national moved a step closer to lethal injection Wednesday when a federal appeals court rejected a claim that he wa...

Lethal Injection Set For Today As Last-Minute Appeals Fly

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 03.24.2014 | Crime

Attorneys considered last-minute attempts Wednesday to keep a Mexican national from Texas' death chamber after the state opposed legal efforts and spu...

Ohio Killer's Last-Minute Plea Rejected

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state made preparations on Wednesday to use a never-tried lethal drug combination to put a man to death for the slaying of...

Wyoming Lawmaker Proposes Firing Squads For Execution

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming lawmaker is pushing to allow use of the firing squad to execute condemned state inmates if constitutional problems o...

Counties That Send The Most People To Death Row Show A Questionable Commitment To Justice

Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

Last week, I looked at a recent study by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) which finds that the vast majority of executions and death row in...

Missouri Prisons Receive New Execution Drug

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 10.23.2013 | Crime

ST. LOUIS -- ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Department of Corrections said Tuesday it is switching to a new lethal injection drug, less than two week...

Jimmy Dennis and Pennsylvania's Grave Miscarriage of Justice

David A. Love | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

The stakes are so high -- literally life and death -- and yet the error rate is so high as well. Certainly a factory would be shut down if every ninth or 10th product coming off the assembly line was defective.

Warren Lee Hill and the Ghosts of Death Penalty Past, Present and Future

Dr Bharat Malkani | Posted 09.17.2013 | Crime
Dr Bharat Malkani

Hill's case is not only an example of the present-day problems with the death penalty. It also raises specters of executions-past, and gives an indication of the bleak future of the death penalty in the U.S.

Dem Gov Weighs In On Contentious Gas Chamber Idea

AP | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

ST. LOUIS — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon isn't ready to embrace the idea of using the gas chamber to execute prisoners. Attorney General Chris Koste...

Death by Numbers: The 500th Execution by the State of Texas

Gemma Puglisi | Posted 09.04.2013 | Crime
Gemma Puglisi

We are a civilized society, and the death penalty is barbaric and senseless and in so many cases. There is no question that those who kill should be accountable for their horrible actions. And prison is that punishment.

Trump Calls for Snowden's Head ... Again

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

Real estate magnate and attention-seeker Donald Trump doubled down Monday on his recommendation that Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contracto...

Reporter Reflects On Hundreds Of Executions He's Seen

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 08.26.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — About once every three weeks, I watch someone die. Beginning in 1984 when I arrived in Texas for The Associated Press, I've...

Attentive Leadership Begins at the Top

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

A 2010 study conducted by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) introduced a concept called "attentive leadership." The study focused on student success and found that one key is a visible, action-oriented commitment to timely graduation by people at all levels of an institution.

The Death Penalty Is Premeditated, Unconstitutional Murder

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.13.2013 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The Supreme Court got it right in 1972. The death penalty does violate the Constitution, because it is cruel and unusual punishment. And here's why.