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Afghanistan Hangs 5 Men For Gang Rape

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Afghanistan hanged five men on Wednesday over a gang rape that had shocked the country, officials said,...

UN Brings Death Penalty to Debate Table: From Iran to the U.S.

Maya Albanese | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Maya Albanese

A steady stream of rain last Thursday did not prevent approximately 1,000 protestors from crowding together on East 47th Street and Second Avenue to protest Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's appearance at the United Nations.

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 ...

California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

David A. Love | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Last year, executions in the U.S. dipped to a 20-year low. Jones v Chappell only further erodes confidence in the criminal justice system, as America travels down the path to death penalty abolition.

More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study

Think Progress | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

A majority of the 100 executed inmates examined in a new study by three legal researchers had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-t...

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, ...

Marriage Equality: THE Best Reason to Celebrate on July 4th

Matthew Chapman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

If I had to say what was the best thing that's happened in the entire world in the last 10 years, it would be the arrival of gay marriage in America.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Here's Everything You Need To Know To Win An Argument Against Using The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender & Nick Wing | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

A Tuesday execution is planned for Georgia death row inmate Marcus Wellons, who was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of hi...

Three Killers Set To Die - Will Their Executions Be Botched Too?

AP | JIM SALTER and KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder was executed Tuesday night in the nation's first capital punishment since a botched e...

Republicans Aren't Pro-Life

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

How can anyone who says they are pro-life also be pro-weapon? If the Republican Party truly believes life is sacred, then why do they insist on unrestricted assault weapons -- whose sole purpose is to kill -- rather than reasonable gun regulations?

Should States Make Their Own Execution Drugs?

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT and MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' prison system does not have to reveal where it gets its execution drugs, the state attorney general's office said Thursday, mar...

Could Oklahoma's Death Penalty Become the Lethal-Injection Alpha and Omega?

Adam Banner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Could the newest "shot heard 'round the world" be the lethal injection of Oklahoma death-row inmate Clayton Lockett? After all, his 45-minute death struggle has been denounced by the UN and will likely have a profound impact on the nature of capital punishment in the United States.

Wyoming Lawmakers Mull Firing Squad For Executions

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to pe...

Could Rare Health Problem Stop This Inmate's Execution?

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 9 (Reuters) - A Missouri death row inmate wants to halt his execution because of a rare health ...

Rick Perry Not Sure If Botched Execution 'Was Inhumane Or Not'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) defended the use of capital punishment and lethal injections Sunday, after the disastrous execution of Clayton Lockett in Ok...

Number Of Executions On The Rise In 2013

AP | By CARA ANNA | Posted 05.26.2014 | World

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries p...

The Compassionate Executioner

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

How, where and what drugs the executioner can obtain, remain a significant concern as shown by a case in Oklahoma where two executions slated for March have just had to be rescheduled for April. Because of an unfortunate quirk in Oklahoma law, if the executioner is unable to acquire the drugs needed to conduct an execution, the execution may not take place.

Florida's Gruesome Execution Theater

The Washington Post | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime

In the decades he spent filing stories from Jacksonville after visits to Florida’s execution chamber, former AP reporter Ron Word saw a lot that sti...

Execution Access Increased For Crime Victims

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheter...

EXECUTED

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally stabbing a prison guard with a sharpened spoon while on death row for abductin...

Relying on Untested Execution Drugs Raises Important Health, Safety and Human Rights Concerns

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While some states have turned to compound pharmacy drugs as a result of the execution drug shortage, other states are using untested drugs for lethal injections. Without established protocols, states are merely guessing about the necessary dosages and very possibly getting it wrong.

Death Sentences Remain Near Record Lows

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reliance on the death penalty continues to decline with 39 people executed this year, only the second time in 19 years that fewer ...

Radley Balko

U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a ...

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.