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Death Penalty Debate

Jan Diehm

Why It Took 25 Minutes For One Man To Die Of Lethal Injection, And Why It Could Happen Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime

Opposition to the death penalty is making it more difficult to execute people in America. Major drug companies have stopped selling several lethal inj...

Macrina Cooper-White

Here's The Scary Truth About Science & The Death Penalty

HuffingtonPost.com | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science

A recent pair of botched executions has renewed the debate over lethal injection and whether it's actually less inhumane than other methods used to ex...

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

The Truth About The Death Penalty ... And What You Can Do About It

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact

Currently, 32 states use the death penalty, but does it really accomplish its intended purpose? Though a majority of Americans -- 55 percent -- su...

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....

Suspended March to the Gallows

Philippa Greer | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Philippa Greer

Whether or not one believes that the Death Penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights, systemic fair trials violations, and the routine inhumane treatment of prisoners within the Pakistani justice system, inevitably places the country in breach of its international obligations...

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.

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.

Red State Resurgence Greenlights Executions

Martin Clancy | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Martin Clancy

Republicans in North Carolina are flexing their newfound political muscle in the legislature, and the results are bad news for 152 residents of the state's death row. In the process, the lawmakers turned their back on a unique effort by the state to overcome its tarnished history of racism.

A 'Perfect Storm' in Georgia

Martin Clancy | Posted 07.06.2013 | Crime
Martin Clancy

A Georgia inmate named Warren Hill, who came within forty minutes of a lethal injection in February, is in legal limbo this week. His case represents a "perfect storm" of the seemingly insurmountable problems that beset courts and state legislatures in applying the death penalty.

Texas Execution: Routine or 'Awesome'?

Martin Clancy | Posted 06.28.2013 | Crime
Martin Clancy

Texas conducted its fourth execution of the year Thursday night, an event now so routine that the state's major newspapers didn't even send reporters.

Executing the Death Penalty

David Protess | Posted 05.19.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

In 1999, a French journalist made a bold prediction to me. "Your country will abolish capital punishment in the next 25 years." I thought of our conversation on Friday when I learned that Maryland will ban capital punishment.

Anatomy of a Close Call: A Death Race in Georgia

Martin Clancy | Posted 05.08.2013 | Crime
Martin Clancy

The legal paradoxes in our patchwork system of capital punishment go way beyond precedent and procedure. They can be found even on a label. Remember that supply of pentobarbital and the argument over prescriptions?

Maryland Death Penalty Unlikely To Be Repealed

The Frederick News-Post, Md. | Bethany Rodgers | Posted 04.30.2013 | DC

ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland Delegate Neil Parrott has headed up petition drives that gave voters a final word on same-sex marriage and congressional redistr...

Maryland Death Penalty Debate.. 'My Mindset On This Has Always Been Divided,' Says Republican

The Baltimore Sun | Erin Cox | Posted 03.30.2013 | DC

State Sen. Allan Kittleman is torn. When lobbied by the ACLU and the NAACP to repeal Maryland's death penalty, Kittleman asks how he can ensure the m...

Now Is the Time for Maryland to Kill Its Death Machine

David A. Love | Posted 03.17.2013 | Crime
David A. Love

There is no better way for Maryland to celebrate King Day this month than to repeal the death penalty now.

Why Martin O'Malley Needs to Lead Maryland to Death Penalty Abolition

Amnesty International | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Amnesty International

By Brian Evans, Interim Director of Amnesty International USA's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Opposing the death penalty is not the political thir...

Calif. Leads the Nation in Wrongful Convictions -- I Would Know

Franky Carrillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

I was locked up more than 20 years ago for a murder I did not commit and last year, I was finally able to prove my innocence and was released. Replacing the death penalty is the only way we can guarantee that we will never make a fatal mistake in California.

Vote Yes on Prop 34

Franky Carrillo | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

When I was just 16 years old, I was stripped of my freedom, wrongfully convicted of a murder I did not commit. I spent twenty years behind bars before I was finally able to prove my innocence. If I had been sentenced to death, would I have been able to prove my innocence in time?

The Courtesy of Death

Joseph Rauch | Posted 12.11.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

I agree that the death penalty is flawed in its implementation but I support it in principle and believe having good morals and supporting the death penalty are not mutually exclusive.

Prosecuting Jesus In Pasadena

Mark Osler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

There is no explicit argument for or against the death penalty, only the implicit message that this is an issue that should engage our faith, regardless of which side we are on.

Proposition 34 and Troy Davis

Franky Carrillo | Posted 11.21.2012 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

Two years ago, both Troy and I were in prison for murder, even though the case against both of us had fallen completely apart. One year ago, I had been set free, and Troy had been put to death.

Swiss Government Wants Death Penalty Abolished Everywhere

AP | Posted 07.19.2012 | World

GENEVA -- The Swiss government has reaffirmed its commitment toward seeking the abolition of the death penalty "throughout the world." A Foreign Mini...

Carlos DeLuna, Cameron Willingham and Rethinking the Criminal Justice System

Dan Simon | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime
Dan Simon

At bottom, the primary cause for false convictions is the questionable quality of the evidence habitually used in criminal prosecutions. Poor evidence can be produced even when all actors follow procedures diligently and conscientiously.

Since When Don't We Put a Price Tag on Justice?

Ty Alper | Posted 07.16.2012 | Crime
Ty Alper

Faced with unassailable evidence that the death penalty in California costs hundreds of millions of dollars per year, supporters tend to respond with what is intended to be a conversation stopper: "You can't put a price tag on justice."