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Federal Appeals Court Permits Virginia To Send Death Row Inmates To Solitary Confinement For Life

Just over a year ago, a district judge held that automatically holding Virginia’s death row inmates in solitary confinement indefinitely violated …

Possible delay in Bali 9 executions as death row Frenchman's case adjourned

In documents seen by Fairfax Media, lawyers for Atlaoui argued there were conflicting arguments used in the cases of the 17 people arrested with the …

Pakistan to restart execution of death row prisoners

Pakistan will begin executing convicts on death row whose appeals have been exhausted, an interior ministry spokesman has said, reversing an earlier announcement that only those convicted of terrorism would be executed.<p>"It applies to all [on death row], irrespective of the nature of the crime," …

Pressure on: Indonesia may pause all killings

As two Australians sit in solitary confinement in Indonesia awaiting their executions, that nation’s President says his government would be open to …

Asia

As Bali nine executions near, has Australia and the AFP done enough to keep our citizens off death row?

Regrettably, when we attempt to analyse the sequence of events leading up to this point, it seems Australian institutions are just as adept at …

Death penalty cost: Prosecutors in rural counties can’t afford to bring capital cases.

<i>This investigation was reported and written by Maurice Chammah for</i> <i>The Marshall Project</i><i>, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal</i> …

Tennessee Restores Electric Chair as Death Penalty Option

Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law Thursday allowing the state to use the electric chair when it can't get drugs for lethal injections.<p>Tennessee hasn't executed anyone since 2009 as lethal injection drugs have become harder to obtain, thanks to drug manufacturers that have grown queasy about …

Parents of shooting suspect James Holmes' plead against death penalty

The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain -- a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.<p>The statement released …

Hawaii holds death penalty trial despite having abolished capital punishment

A Honolulu courtroom is set to become the scene of a death penalty trial, even though Hawaii abolished capital punishment in 1957.<p>Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday in the trial of a former Hawaii-based army soldier accused of beating his five-year-old daughter to death in 2005. But …

DNA frees two men after 30 years on death row; justice system ‘terrifying’ says attorney | The Star

Even if the men were granted a new trial, Britt said: “Based upon this new evidence, the state does not have a case to prosecute.”<p>Minutes later, …

The global fight to end capital punishment

"If we needed to hang someone tomorrow," Martin Martinez, Trinidad and Tobago's commissioner of prisons, says, grinning wolfishly, "we would grease up the gallows and buy some new rope." Death by hanging is the penalty for anyone convicted of murder in Trinidad and Tobago, although no one has been …

There Are 13 Countries Where Atheism Is Punishable by Death

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Atheists living in 13 countries risk being condemned to death, just for their beliefs (or …

Competitive Scapegoating? The Case of Two Nations, and Two Condemned Men

What is going on with the case of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran?<p>What can explain the consuming media attention it has generated in this country, …

Foreign Policy

Questions raised about the death penalty in Ohio

In the wake of several cases and other questions about the death penalty, key Ohio lawmakers say that while there's no movement to eliminate capital …

Death Row

American execution: A brief history of the death penalty in the U.S.

The death penalty in the United States began its life as an import. Brought over from the United Kingdom, it evolved into different versions that …

Utah lawmaker wants sex traffickers eligible for execution

A Utah lawmaker has said he plans to introduce a bill that would allow the state to execute criminals convicted of child sex trafficking, calling it a necessary protection for defenseless children.<p>The hardline plan from state Rep. Paul Ray faces several legislative hurdles before it could become …

U.S. Supreme Court

Utah May Bring Back the Most Inhumane Capital Punishment Ever

The United States has more than 3,000 people on death row and a federal government that's increasingly uncomfortable with the unreliability of lethal …

Salt Lake City

A look at capital punishment in Texas

Image 1of/33<p>Caption<p>Close<p>The history of death row in Texas includes some interesting data, since this state has executed more inmates than any other …

Indonesians Take a Hard Look at Death Penalty Ahead of Drug Trafficking Executions

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, believed to be the ring leaders of Bali Nine, are among those condemned to death. Photo from the …

Here's a snapshot of the modern era of capital punishment in America

After a 10-year moratorium, the death penalty became a part of the US criminal justice system again in 1977 when a firing squad killed the murderer Gary Gilmore.<p>Since then, the US has executed 1,400 criminals, as shown in the graphic and map below. Some states have contributed to that total more …

Capital punishment cover-up: Virginia hides all information relating to the execution process.

A series of botched executions in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arizona last year raised serious new questions about how death penalty drugs are administered. …

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