Death Penalty

“Innocence Deniers” and Coercive Plea Agreements Impede Death-Row Exonerations Across the U.S.

A prosecutor's duty, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote in 1935, "is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done." Yet prosecutors across …

Justice

USS Cole case lawyers who resigned defy judge’s order to appear at war court. Again.

Two civilian, Pentagon-paid attorneys who quit the USS Cole case over an ethical conflict again defied a judge’s order to appear on Friday in his …

Who is Anthony Shore? 'Tourniquet Killer' of Texas Scheduled To Be First Prisoner Executed in 2018

A Texas man known as the “Tourniquet Killer” is scheduled to become the first prisoner executed in 2018 if he is put to death as planned on …

Crime

Execution drug may have been named in court filings from Alabama AG's Office

The state has never revealed details of their execution protocol, only that a three-drug cocktail including midazolam is used.

Birmingham, AL

Meet the Man Who Wants Nevada to Kill Him

The Volunteer<p>More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He’s still …

Long-form Journalism

Fort Worth man convicted in birthday party slaying gets execution date

A Fort Worth man convicted of killing a rival gang member's mother and a 5-year-old girl at a children's birthday party 10 years ago has been given …

Fort Worth

Justices Appear Sympathetic to Louisiana Death-Row Prisoner Whose Trial Lawyer Conceded Guilt

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be favoring arguments presented by <b>Louisiana</b> death-row prisoner <b>Robert McCoy</b> (pictured), who was …

Judiciary

Israeli death penalty for terrorists will only put Jews around the world in danger

One of the most frustrating aspects of the public debate over the legislation to introduce the death penalty is the silence of the Israeli left. The …

Israel

Missouri Judge Imposes Second Non-Unanimous Death Sentence in Four Months

For the second time in four months, a <b>Missouri</b> judge has imposed a death sentence after a capital-sentencing jury did not reach a unanimous sentencing …

Judiciary

Innocent but Still Guilty

After Fred Steese spent two decades in a Nevada prison for murder, evidence indicating that he was innocent was found buried in the prosecution’s files. It was proof that Mr. Steese, as he’d always claimed, had been hundreds of miles away on the likely day of the murder and couldn’t have been the …

Crime

Texas' and the nation's first execution of the year is set for a Houston serial killer

The first execution of 2018 in Texas and the nation is expected to take place Thursday evening for Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer.”<p>Anthony Shore, 55, …

Crime

Number of death sentences, executions continue decline

Texas, and specifically Harris County, have long been known as the epicenter of capital punishment in the United States.Over the last 20 years, 438 …

Prison

Candidate Larry Krasner said “never” on the death penalty. DA Krasner is less emphatic.

For decades, Larry Krasner’s position on seeking the death penalty has been defined by one word: “Never.”<p>As a candidate in last year’s Democratic …

Philadelphia

Death Penalty in Deep Decline

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) recently released its annual death penalty report, and their findings were incredibly encouraging. Death …

Prison

AL: U.S. Supreme Court Approves Alabama’s Plan to Execute Vernon Madison

The <i>Open File</i> has previously covered Vernon Madison’s case on two occasions, and we now provide this (overdue) update. In our last post about the …

Judiciary

Arguing The Death Penalty In Utah On Tuesday's Access Utah

A majority (55 percent) of Americans support the death penalty, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, but support continues to decline. …

Judiciary

Wednesday round-up

This morning the justices will hear oral argument in two cases. First up is <i>Encino Motorcars v. Navarro</i>, which asks whether service advisors at car …

Judiciary

Proposed S.C. bill would shield execution-drug suppliers from public eye

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The identities of companies that sell execution drugs to South Carolina would be protected under a bill proposed by a state …

Charleston

Death penalty is no longer needed in Washington

It is time to abolish the death penalty in Washington state.<p>A proposal in the Legislature sponsored by state Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, is …

Judiciary

DPIC Weekly Updates : January 8, 2018 – January 14, 2018

THIS WEEK FROM DPIC<p>Week of January 8, 2018 – January 14, 2018<p>What's New<p>Posted: January 12, 2018<p>States that have recently abolished the death penalty …

Judiciary

Bipartisan Effort to Abolish Death Penalty Gains Momentum in Washington

With the backing of the state's governor and attorney general, Democratic and Republican sponsors of a bill to repeal Washington's capital-punishment …

Justice

Exclusive: Houston killer facing execution this week admitted to 2 more slayings in morbid hoax

Days before his aborted execution in October, the notorious Houston serial killer admitted to two more gruesome slayings in an apparent ruse to test …

Lawmakers will debate returning death penalty to Iowa

DES MOINES — Bringing the death penalty back to Iowa likely will be debated but probably not approved during the 2018 legislative session, key …

Judiciary

State and area briefs

<i>Houston-area man</i> <i>on death row loses</i> <i>in U.S. appeals court</i><p>A Houston-area death row prisoner convicted of killing two men in a drug deal gone bad lost …

Judiciary

Men exonerated from death row hope for change

<i>KANSAS CITY, Mo.</i> -- Two men who spent years on death row for crimes they did not commit hope to sway change when it comes to the death penalty in …

Prison

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

<b>On Martin Luther King Day, DPIC looks at the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's views on the death penalty.</b> Dr. King's philosophy of non-violence had …

Black History

Texas dad shot in deadly plot seeks to halt son’s execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The father of a 38-year-old suburban Houston man on Texas death row is seeking clemency for his son who is set to die next …

Crime

Death penalty overturned in Frederick Baer case

ANDERSON — The death penalty sentence of Frederick Baer, convicted in the 2004 slaying of a woman and her daughter near Lapel, has been overturned by …

Justice

U.S. Supreme Court Should Affirm a Defendant’s Right to Decide Whether to Admit Guilt | ACS

“I’ve just told you he’s guilty.”<p>Still ringing through the courtroom as the last day of Robert McCoy’s trial for murder came to a close, were the …

Louisiana

2017 in review

It’s easy to forget that California is a state with the death penalty on its books, and it’s not hard to see why. The state has not executed anyone …

Prison