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

Brian Stull | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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.

How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Executions Went Awry

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through ...

Prison Guards: Executed Man Faked Slow Suffocation 'To Put On This Big Show'

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 03.29.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed criticism of the dea...

Death, Drugs and Promises

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

State sponsored executions are back in the news again. By the time this column sees the black of print, two men will have been executed in the space of less than one week-one in Ohio and one in Texas.

Emily Swanson

Americans Favor The Death Penalty -- But Only If It's Done A Certain Way

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Most Americans favor the death penalty as a punishment for people convicted of murder, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But the poll also find...

Family Files Lawsuit Over Inmate's 'Extremely Painful' Execution

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The prolonged execution of an Ohio inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishme...

Stone Age Rituals in Modern Society: Let's Move On

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The death penalty is difficult justify in any modern civilized society. The issue is greater than partisan politics. A sober evaluation of the costs and benefits of state-sanctioned death clearly demonstrates that the death penalty is not viable.

Unclear Future For Executions After Inmate Took 26 Minutes To Die

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and KANTELE FRANKO | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's latest experience with putting an inmate to death raises new question about the ability of states to carry out executio...

Daughter Calls Dad's 25-Minute Execution 'Torture'

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and KANTELE FRANKO | Posted 03.19.2014 | Crime

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio killer's unusually slow execution amounted to torture, the man's adult children said Friday as they announced plans to s...

Executed Killer Gasped And Snorted Under New Lethal Drug Combo

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 03.18.2014 | Crime

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with ...

Execution By Unprecedented Method Can Go Forward

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio killer was preparing for his execution by a never-tried lethal injection method adopted after supplies of t...

Ohio Killer's Last-Minute Plea Rejected

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state made preparations on Wednesday to use a never-tried lethal drug combination to put a man to death for the slaying of...

Inmate Could Be First In US Put To Death With New Drug Combo

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio will once again weigh competing testimony Friday from expert witnesses sparring over the effects of a ...

'Agony And Terror' Await Killer Set For Execution: Attorneys

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's untried execution method, the first of its kind in the nation, will cause the condemned killer of a pregnant woman "ago...