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Mississippi's Attorney General Wants To Bring Back Execution By Firing Squad

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Mississippi should allow state executions by firing squad, electrocution, hanging and nitrogen gas when drugs for leth...

Justice Breyer Is Dying For A Case That Will Kill The Death Penalty For Good

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court gets last-minute death penalty appeals all the time, even when it's on summer recess. It seldom grants them. It refused two re...

When Will The United States Stop "Tinkering With The Machinery of Death?"

Stephen A. Cooper | Posted 01.20.2016 | Crime
Stephen A. Cooper

Over twenty years ago, death row inmate Christopher Brooks was convicted of raping and bludgeoning a woman to death. Brooks is scheduled to be ex...

The Supreme Court Had A Landmark Year. Here Are Its Greatest Hits.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics

For all the talk of gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court stood out this year for some quality work.  It's not an o...

Death Penalties, Executions Slow As Capital Punishment Is Squeezed

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Capital punishment in the United States has moved into the slow lane, with the number of executions and new death s...

Supreme Court Grants Stay For Missouri Man On Death Row

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold the execution of a Missouri man convicted beating three people to death with a c...

If Nothing Happens Before Tomorrow Night, Missouri Will Execute an Intellectually Disabled Man

Brian Stull | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Brian Stull

Ernest Johnson, whose intellectual disability is clear, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection sometime after 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Ernest has scored under or around 70 on IQ tests throughout his life. He has shown typical signs of intellectual disability since he was a schoolboy: He struggled to speak and walk at the usual age. Young Ernest couldn't keep himself clean.

REPORT: Arizona Tried To Illegally Import Execution Drug

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona tried to illegally import a lethal injection drug that's not approved in the U.S. but never obtained it after fede...

Arkansas' Highest Court Keeps Executions On Hold For Now

AP | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a lower-court judge overstepped his jurisdiction by halting the execution...

Solitary Confinement Case Dies With Death-Row Inmate's Execution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.17.2015 | Politics

Without explanation, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear the case of Alfredo Prieto, a Virginia death-row inmate who had mounted a constitut...

The Supreme Court Let A Man Die. He Was Executed With The Wrong Drug

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

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Arkansas Judge Halts Executions As Inmates Challenge Law

AP | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has halted the executions of eight death row inmates, dealing a blow to the state's efforts to begin ...

Oklahoma Reportedly Used The Wrong Drug In A January Execution

AP | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma used the wrong drug to stop an inmate's heart during an execution in January, according to an autopsy report obta...

Montana Judge Strikes Down State's Lethal Injection Protocol

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

A Montana judge ruled Tuesday that the state's method of lethal injection is unlawful because it uses a drug that fails to meet the law's requir...

Justice Breyer Couldn't Save Richard Glossip, But He Won The Day Anyway

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics

When lawyers for Richard Glossip filed a last-minute request with the Supreme Court late Tuesday to halt his execution, the justices were already...

Oklahoma Court Halts 3 Pending Executions After Drug Glitch

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's highest criminal court has agreed to halt three upcoming executions after the state's prison system receive...

Oklahoma AG Suspends Executions Indefinitely After Drug Mix-Up

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

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Richard Glossip Makes Final Plea To Supreme Court To Halt His Execution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

Richard Glossip, the Oklahoma man whose execution was temporarily put on hold earlier this month but who is now set to die on Wednesda...

Missouri Executes Man For Raping, Killing Girl 2 Decades Ago

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and stabbing death...

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...

The Supreme Court Has Had Enough Of The Lethal Injection Debate

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court won't be reconsidering an explosive ruling it issued in June that upheld the legality of the lethal injection in Oklahoma.  In ...

Tennessee Judge Upholds State's Lethal Injection Process

AP | Marina Fang | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates.   Davidson ...

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stance on Death Penalty

Adam Banner | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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.

Last Words for the Death Penalty

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 06.30.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Whatever Glossip's formal holding, the body language of the Justices suggests that the death penalty is in a precarious position.

Is the Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.01.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Monday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, suggested that the death penalty is unconstitutional. They did so in dissent. But what a powerful dissent it was.