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Execution Of Only Woman On Georgia's Death Row Delayed

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.11.2015 | Crime

Georgia's only woman on death row was spared from lethal injection Monday night "out of an abundance of caution" after concerns arose over the single ...

New Oregon Governor Will Continue Death Penalty Moratorium

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D), who took office after her predecessor John Kitzhaber (D) resigned amid allegations of corruption, said she will continue t...

Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, so Killing Is Always Wrong

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The death penalty is about many things -- retribution, punishment, anger, a misguided desire for some illusory "cosmic balancing" of the scales of justice. Yet it is most about imagination.

'It Feels Like Acid.' Charles Warner's Final Words Stir Execution Questions

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 01.18.2015 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before...

Charles Frederick Warner's Last Words Before Execution: 'My Body Is On Fire'

AP/HuffPost | Posted 03.17.2015 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- In its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, Oklahoma executed a convicted killer with a three-drug method ...

Oklahoma And Florida Execute Inmates After Supreme Court Refuses Stay

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 03.17.2015 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma executed a death row inmate Thursday in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, and it carried ...

Paige Lavender

This State's Review Of The Death Penalty Reveals The Shocking Cost Of Executing A Prisoner | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

An audit conducted by the state of Nevada shows the cost of death penalty cases is nearly twice as much as murder cases where a lesser penalty is soug...

The Crisis of Trust in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Akbar Ganji | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

Many people in Iran do not trust Iranian officials, and cast doubts on their sincerity. All types of conspiracy theories have also spread around the nation.

Two Executions Planned In Texas, Missouri, As Overall U.S. Executions Drop

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2014 | Crime

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Two U.S. inmates convicted of murder as teenagers are scheduled to be put to death...

Afghanistan Hangs 5 Men For Gang Rape

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Afghanistan hanged five men on Wednesday over a gang rape that had shocked the country, officials said,...

UN Brings Death Penalty to Debate Table: From Iran to the U.S.

Maya Albanese | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Maya Albanese

A steady stream of rain last Thursday did not prevent approximately 1,000 protestors from crowding together on East 47th Street and Second Avenue to protest Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's appearance at the United Nations.

Lawyers Cite Botched Arizona Execution While Defending Gitmo Prisoner

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics

By Lacey Johnson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for the Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged with masterminding the 2000 USS ...

California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

David A. Love | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

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, as America travels down the path to death penalty abolition.

More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study

Think Progress | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

A majority of the 100 executed inmates examined in a new study by three legal researchers had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-t...

Jan Brewer Orders Full Review Of Drawn-Out Execution

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX, July 23 (Reuters) - Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer ordered a full review of Wednesday's two-hour execution of death row inmate Joseph Wood, ...

Marriage Equality: THE Best Reason to Celebrate on July 4th

Matthew Chapman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

If I had to say what was the best thing that's happened in the entire world in the last 10 years, it would be the arrival of gay marriage in America.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Here's Everything You Need To Know To Win An Argument Against Using The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender & Nick Wing | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

A Tuesday execution is planned for Georgia death row inmate Marcus Wellons, who was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of hi...

Three Killers Set To Die - Will Their Executions Be Botched Too?

AP | JIM SALTER and KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder was executed Tuesday night in the nation's first capital punishment since a botched e...

Republicans Aren't Pro-Life

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

How can anyone who says they are pro-life also be pro-weapon? If the Republican Party truly believes life is sacred, then why do they insist on unrestricted assault weapons -- whose sole purpose is to kill -- rather than reasonable gun regulations?

Should States Make Their Own Execution Drugs?

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT and MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' prison system does not have to reveal where it gets its execution drugs, the state attorney general's office said Thursday, mar...

Could Oklahoma's Death Penalty Become the Lethal-Injection Alpha and Omega?

Adam Banner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Could the newest "shot heard 'round the world" be the lethal injection of Oklahoma death-row inmate Clayton Lockett? After all, his 45-minute death struggle has been denounced by the UN and will likely have a profound impact on the nature of capital punishment in the United States.

Wyoming Lawmakers Mull Firing Squad For Executions

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to pe...

Could Rare Health Problem Stop This Inmate's Execution?

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 9 (Reuters) - A Missouri death row inmate wants to halt his execution because of a rare health ...

Rick Perry Not Sure If Botched Execution 'Was Inhumane Or Not'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) defended the use of capital punishment and lethal injections Sunday, after the disastrous execution of Clayton Lockett in Ok...