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Death row has run out of room in Calif.

By Paige St. John<br>Los Angeles Times<p>With no executions in nearly a decade and newly condemned men arriving every month, the nation's largest death row …

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Lawyers say Alabama could execute innocent death row inmate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for a man who was scheduled to be executed last month told judges Tuesday that prosecutors for 20 years withheld …

Why the Boston bomber pleaded not guilty even though his lawyer told the court he did it

This might seem like a counterintuitive move considering that Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty two years ago when he was charged with planting two bombs near the race's finish line.<p>But the not guilty plea was likely part of a larger strategy on the part of Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev's attorney who is one of …

24 facts you should know about the death penalty in the United States

<i>Editor’s Note: This article was first published on April 7. On May 15, surviving Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death.</i><p>Today (Apr. 7), a jury in Boston, Massachusetts, is deliberating the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers allegedly behind the 2013 bombing of …

Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, is pictured in an undated FBI handout photo. (CNS/Reuters)<p>By Christopher S. …

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Judge rules North Carolina man charged with killing 3 Muslims will face death penalty

The man charged with killing three Muslim college students will face a death penalty trial after prosecutors told a judge they had strong and incriminating evidence that includes the blood from one of the victims found on the accused shooter's pants.<p>After a brief hearing Monday, Senior Resident …

Aurora shooter’s mom pleads for mercy: “He has a disease that changed his brain”

James Holmes’ family says he’s mentally ill and doesn’t deserve death, but victims’ families aren’t convinced<p>There is no question that the acts James Eagan Holmes is accused of committing were monstrous. But do they make him a monster? Do they mean he deserves to die? Those answers will soon be in …

Why the death penalty is dying out in America

As an Alabama man is freed after 30 years on death row in yet another high-profile miscarriage of justice, Peter Foster argues capital punishment is on the way out<p>When the state of Utah announced last week that it was <b>bringing back the firing squad</b>, it seemed for a moment as if the debate on the …

Capital punishment a Caddo Parish cottage industry in Louisiana

If it weren’t for Caddo Parish, capital punishment would have been largely phased out in Louisiana by now.<p>And Caddo largely owes its pre-eminence to …

Photograph: Trent Nelson/AP<p>Four bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the chair in which Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad on 18 June 2010 in Draper, …

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