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3 hrs ago | WAVE-TV Louisville

Photo of serial killer's inaccurate 'death row' tattoo made public

This photo of Gibson's tattoo was made public on July 30, 2014. The tips of his handlebar mustache are visible on either side of his neck.


Related Topix: Prison, Albany, IN, New Albany, IN

7 hrs ago |

Judge Steps Aside In Akron Slayings Case

A judge in Akron accused of bias by county prosecutors has voluntarily stepped aside in a pending death-penalty case.


Related Topix: Akron, OH, Summit County, OH

12 hrs ago | The Daily Courier

Defendant in burned body case wants separate trial: 2 suspects could face death penalty

Four people - Robert Hinderliter, 23, Juan Carlos Sanchez, 26, Veronica Rutherford, 33, and Joseph Parsons, 30 - all were charged in multiple-count indictments, including first-degree murder, in connection with the killing of Williamson, whose burned body was found Sept.


Related Topix: Prescott, AZ

16 hrs ago | KESQ-TV Palm Desert

Coachella man could get death penalty if he's convicted

The prosecution and defense rested Tuesday in the retrial of a parolee accused of killing two farm workers in a Thermal vineyard about two weeks after he fatally shot a teenage boy outside the Boys & Girls Club in Coachella.


Related Topix: Violent Crime, Coachella, CA, Thermal, CA

20 hrs ago | Detroit News

After Arizona fiasco, back to the future for the death penalty?

The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts July 23 in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Ariz.


Related Topix: Prison, Criminal Defense Law, Law, US News, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Opinion

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

Jacob Sullum on the Death Penalty

Since Lockett was himself guilty of such a killing, having been convicted of shooting a 19-year-old woman during a burglary and watching as his accomplices buried her alive, many Americans would say justice was done.


Related Topix: Mary Fallin, US Governors

NBC New York

4 Charged in USC Student's Killing

Xinran Ji, 24, was found dead in his apartment near USC after being attacked while walking home from a study group Thursday, July 24, 2014.


CBS Local

Defense Argues Against Death Penalty In Professor's Murder Case

A parade of convicted killers and one exonerated killer took the stand in defense of another convicted killer Randy Tundidor Senior, along with his son Randy Junior, are accused of murdering Nova Southeastern University Professor Joseph Morrissey and terrorizing the victim's family four years ago.


Related Topix: Nova Southeastern University, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Quigley: Does the death penalty go far enough?

For years New Jersey legislators argued about the death penalty, but surely no statement was more memorable than that of Walter Sheil, who represented District 31 in the 1970s when he passionately proclaimed to the Senate, "The death penalty doesn't go far enough."


Related Topix: US Politics, Jon Corzine, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Bayonne, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, Opinion


Jury recommends death penalty in 1983 rape-murder

A Jefferson County jury has recommended the death penalty for a Louisville man convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1983.


Related Topix: Violent Crime

Religion News Service

COMMENTARY: The death penalty is never humane, even when carried out swiftly

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits punishments deemed to be cruel and unusual, a standard to which capital punishment does not rise, at least according to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Related Topix: US Supreme Court, US News, Northeastern University

Mon Jul 28, 2014


Jurors Deliberate in Killing of Police Officer

Jurors have begun deliberating between death by lethal injection and life imprisonment without parole in the slaying of a Houston-area police officer and an auto body shop owner.


Related Topix: Violent Crime, Harris County, TX


Bossier Parish Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty

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Related Topix: Odessa, TX

KHOU-TV Houston

Doctor: Injection lines placed correctly in inmate

Intravenous lines were placed correctly during the execution of an inmate whose death with lethal drugs took more than 90 minutes, a medical examiner in Arizona said Monday.


Related Topix: Prison, Pima County, AZ

Lawyers discuss bond in death penalty retrial

But David Calder of Oxford tells The Clarion-Ledger that Byrom could not post even a $10,000 bond.


Related Topix: Tishomingo County, MS, Iuka, MS

WIBW-TV Topeka

Lawmaker Sees Need For Kansas Death Penalty Fixes

The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman says he'll push again next year for changes aimed at expediting appeals in capital punishment cases.


Related Topix: Kansas

KHOU-TV Houston

Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn

Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped breathing.


Related Topix: Violent Crime

Sun Jul 27, 2014

The Daily Record

John Niven: America must face up to the fact that the death penalty...

AFTER the botched execution of double murderer Joseph Wood in Arizona, John says the US needs to rethink its laws on capital punishment.


Related Topix: Opinion

Viewpoint: Death Penalty Excoriated in Kozinski's "Modest Proposal"

On July 19, 2014, the Ninth Circuit held in Wood v. Ryan, No. 14-16310 that Wood, an inmate facing execution on July 23, legitimately sought information from the Arizona Department of Corrections regarding the nature of the drugs to be used for his lethal injection, their manner of injection, and the qualifications of those administering those ... (more)


Related Topix: US News, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier

Courtney Lockhart is appealing a death penalty sentence that a judge gave him in 2011, which overrode the jury's recommendation of life in prison.


Related Topix: Prison, Auburn University, Theater, Arts