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Death Penalty Debate

Why Is America 50 Years Behind the Times When It Comes to the Death Penalty?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When execution ended in my country, a shadow faded. Something grim and primitive was gone. There's still violence and murder in England, of course, but its citizens -- including children -- no longer have to be accomplices in the most premeditated of all killings.

Gigi Gordon, Death Row Lawyer: An Admirable Life Ended as It Was Lived

Matthew Chapman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When life was no longer worth living, she ended it. I see no irony in this. As a tough, intelligent, independent person, she did not want to either lose her mind or be a burden to anyone. She was an admirable woman who lived her convictions.

The Continuing Problems with Lethal Injection

Justin Marceau | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Justin Marceau

Arizona's recent botched execution of Joseph Wood is the latest in a series of horrific events demonstrating that lethal injection is a profoundly flawed method for carrying out capital punishment.

How I Became Interested in the Death Penalty and Why I'm Against It

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

It is easier to dismiss someone as being "evil" than to face the tangle of social failures that we're all complicit in. It's easier to hate the adult than to ask what made a child grow up wanting oblivion and finding fulfillment in a killing.

The Insanity of the Death Penalty

Howard Falco | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime
Howard Falco

We have a legal, justice and prison system that takes care of protecting society from those who demonstrate themselves as a threat. We just don't have to go the last step of stepping into vengeance and hatred.

Treating Death Row Inmates like Disposable Guinea Pigs is Unconstitutional

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

When faced with cruel and unusual crimes, our natural reaction is to demand cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that even if this sentiment were morally correct, it is legally incorrect.

Simon McCormack

GRAPHIC: How Every Method Of Execution Can Go Terribly Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 05.06.2014 | Crime

A botched execution in Oklahoma has renewed debate about the practice of government-sanctioned killings as states ponder an effective way to carry out...

The Death Penalty Must Go

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Until we have a full-proof justice system that treats everyone equally under the law, we cannot falsely believe that everyone executed is in fact guilty. The process itself is cruel and in one of the most modern countries on the planet, there is simply no place for it.

America Is In Poor Company When It Comes To The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.01.2014 | World

The gruesome, botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma Tuesday night has brought renewed focus on some of the grim realities of the death pena...

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 05.10.2014 | 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.