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Why a Fair Death Penalty May Never Be Fair

In the book of the year about the death penalty, author Evan Mandery chronicles the ugly political process at the Supreme Court that spawned the nation's roiling capital punishment laws.<p>The biggest news of 2013 about the death penalty in America did not come from a court of law or from one of the …

'Ground zero' for the death penalty

Missouri executed its fourth inmate in as many months early Wednesday, even as the issue of capital punishment has sparked a new and reshaped political debate in the state and across the country.<p>The Midwestern state has become a key battleground: As lethal-injection drug supplies have been …

Support for the Death Penalty Is Strongest Among Religious White People

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Fewer Americans now favor the death penalty, but support is still strong among religious whites and …

Saints in a Confessional Box

The Catholic Church is often criticized as rigorist, unrealistic, and unbending, especially in regard to its teaching on sexuality. How could anyone, …

US drug enforcement official: legalising marijuana threatens US institutions

A senior US drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use.<p>The deputy …

Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying

On Thursday, Twitter introduced — and later in the day, withdrew — a change to its "blocking" policy.<p>Thursday afternoon, the microblogging site started allowing users who had been blocked to continue to follow, respond to or retweet posts from people who had blocked them.<p>User response came swiftly. …

Bullied Teens Twice as Likely to Consider Suicide

Bullied teenagers are twice as likely to consider suicide and two-and-a-half times as likely to actually attempt to kill themselves, according to a …

Child Slaves May Have Caught the Fish in Your Freezer

After two years toiling without pay on a Thai fishing boat, Sai Ko Ko fell ill. “[The captain] verbally abused me but I was so sick I couldn’t work,” …

Underlying Hobby Lobby

Religious Americans have been politically excluded.<p>The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in <i>Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius</i>, which concerns religious …

Hobby Lobby

Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say

Former prisoners spoke about the effects of solitary confinement Tuesday, in a congressional hearing aimed at banning the treatment for some inmates. The federal push to reduce solitary confinement is being led by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who calls it "a human rights issue we can't ignore."<p>Inmates …

Delaware lacks lethal injection drugs needed to execute death row inmates

Delaware has 17 condemned prisoners facing the death penalty, but no means of executing any of them.<p>Like other states, Delaware prison officials have found it difficult to get the drugs used in lethal injections because major manufacturers several years ago began prohibiting the use of their …

Death row inmate Glenn Ford released 30 years after wrongful conviction

Glenn Ford has been freed from the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana having lived under the shadow of the death sentence for 30 years. He becomes one of the longest-serving death row inmates in US history to be exonerated.<p>Ford was released on the order of a judge in Shreveport after Louisiana …

Human rights groups push companies to disclose more about conflict minerals

By May of next year, most companies in the US will be required to submit a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing whether they use conflict minerals from war-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries.<p>The SEC's report forms part of federal legislation …

Drug Trafficking Poses Surprising Threats to Rain Forests, Scientists Find

Criminals wreak havoc on environment, sparking calls for drug policy reform.<p>Illegal drugs have a surprising new victim: ecologically important lands in Central America, where criminal activities associated with the drug trade are wreaking havoc, scientists report.<p>It has long been known that rain …

Prolonged execution renews debate over death by lethal injection

HOUSTON — An Ohio inmate's drawn-out execution this week led to an outcry about the increased use of new lethal injection drugs by the country's 32 death penalty states, a practice that experts predict will lead to more problems.<p>Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday, appearing to …

States subjecting death row inmates to longer deaths amid scramble for drugs

US death penalty states face a deepening crisis in their struggle to procure medical drugs for use in lethal injections, with new evidence that the increasingly random methods being used are subjecting condemned prisoners to prolonged and possibly excruciating deaths.<p>A Guardian survey of death …

The death penalty, and a passion for pain

States that kill tell us, in their scientific-technical language, that the death penalty is an unfortunate but strictly necessary activity, always used as a last resort and always restrained by mercy. The precise method of killing is itself a matter of pained, moral exactitude. The question is …