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U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stance on Death Penalty

Adam Banner | Posted 06.30.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Let's be honest. Whether or not the death penalty, as a whole, is constitutional was never at issue in this case. The question regarding necessary standards and uniformity in the method for executing inmates, however, was in full display.

Arizona To Change Lethal Injection Drugs After Botched Execution

Reuters | David Schwartz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Crime

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Arizona will no longer use the two-drug lethal injection cocktail it employed to execute a convicted ...

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 ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week provided some notable examples of Crime and Punishment in modern America. First, football star Ray Rice received a two-game suspension for knocking unconscious his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator. His coach promptly proclaimed Rice "a heck of a guy." Earlier in the week, Lane Johnson, another NFL player, was suspended four games for taking a performance enhancing drug -- a transgression apparently twice as bad, in the NFL's eyes, as beating up your soon-to-be-wife. In Arizona, the execution of murderer Joseph Wood went seriously awry, leaving him gasping for air for close to two hours before dying. Despite this grotesque death, Gov. Jan Brewer declared that Wood "did not suffer," but didn't explain how she could possibly know this. And, finally, there was a very different kind of punishment served up for our entertainment as the trailer for Fifty Shades of Gray was released, attracting nearly 7 million views in just 24 hours. Somewhere, the Marquis de Sade is smiling.

McCain: Botched Execution Amounts To 'Torture'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) weighed in on the botched execution of Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood, saying the 2-hour long procedure amounted to "...

It's Time for a Nationwide Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Brian Stull | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Brian Stull

This entire story is a tragic one, and it should push us to admit that the path to justice simply cannot include more gruesome violence.

Michael McLaughlin

Emergency Call Reveals Lawyers And Judge Grappling With Prolonged Execution | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Crime

A defense attorney, a government lawyer and a federal judge on a conference call grappled with whether to abort the unexpectedly prolonged execution o...

Rachel Maddow's Description Of Botched Execution Will Give You Nightmares

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media

Rachel Maddow gave a chilling account of the botched execution that took place in Arizona Wednesday night. Maddow described the disturbing death o...

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, ...

Botched Execution In Arizona Drags On For More Than Hour

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Crime

An Arizona inmate gasped and snorted in an execution that lasted nearly two hours on Tuesday. Lawyers for Joseph Wood had filed an emergency motio...