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Wrongful Convictions Then and Now: The Tragic Case of George Stinney, Jr.

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American, was charged with murdering two young white girls: Betty June Binnicker, 11 and Mary Emma Thames, seven. Their bodies were found stabbed to death in the lumber mill town of Alcolu.

Evangelical Support for Death Penalty Ending After Decades

Shane Claiborne | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

The new statement is not a call to abolish the death penalty altogether but it flags both social and theological concerns and affirms the growing movement of evangelicals who are against the death penalty.

President Rouhani, It's Time to Make Good on Your Human Rights Promise

Omid Memarian | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Omid Memarian

As the Iranian government prepares to lay bare its most sensitive operations to dozens of the U.N. inspectors, it should also welcome the one individual charged with monitoring human rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.

Oklahoma AG Suspends Executions Indefinitely After Drug Mix-Up

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

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Blind Justice Leads to Black Death

Peter DiCaprio | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Peter DiCaprio

We mistake the loss of complete dominance for the loss of liberty. We mistake attempts to create parity with minority dominance. There is a system in place that's killing all of us, some at a higher rate than others.

Man To Be Executed For Rape, Murder Of 15-Year-Old Girl

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.31.2015 | Crime

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday for killing a 15-year-old Missouri girl has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his pun...

Why Three Counties That Loved The Death Penalty Have Almost Stopped Pursuing It

The Marshall Project | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

This article was originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for...

Kim Bellware

Supreme Court Upholds Oklahoma's Use Of Lethal Injection Drug | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a 5-4 vote that Oklahoma may continue to use a controversial lethal injection drug during executions. The...

Saudi Arabia Just Executed Its 100th Prisoner This Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

Saudi Arabia executed two prisoners on Monday, the kingdom's 99th and 100th execution of 2015. The state has killed more prisoners in the first six mo...

Pakistan Executes Christian Man Who Was Convicted At 15 And Allegedly Tortured

Reuters | Mubasher Bukhari | Posted 06.10.2015 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 10 (Reuters) - Pakistan on Wednesday executed a man who was 15 when he was sentenced to death for murder and whose lawyers say ...

China Executes Teacher Who Raped Or Molested 26 Students

AP | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese elementary school teacher has been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4, in a case under...

Saudi Arabia's Executions Have Skyrocketed In Number This Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

Saudi Arabia's implementation of the death penalty has skyrocketed this year, and rights groups are worried about the surge of capital punishment unde...

Saudi Arabia Is Hiring 8 New Executioners

Posted 05.19.2015 | World

RIYADH, May 18 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death s...

What's Behind All The Reports Of North Korea's Purges And Executions

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

Since Kim Jong Un inherited the leadership of the Hermit Kingdom from his father in 2011, numerous reports of purges and executions of officials in P...

Lessons From the Executions in Bali this Week

Zoë B | Posted 06.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Zoë B

It's been a heavy week. The events in Bali have left an air of sadness. I have to admit the executions this week had quite an effect on me. To hear...

Reflections on Lethal Drugs, Sleeping and Waking Up

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

I have always loved the Supreme Court. As a law student, I made pilgrimages to the Court to listen to arguments. It fortified me and inspired me for the hard work and sacrifice ahead.

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...