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1 hr ago | 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

San Francisco Bay View

California's death penalty is cruel, unusual and 'arbitrary'

A federal judge issued a stunning decision July 16, holding that the dysfunctional administration of California's death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.


Related Topix: California, Prison, San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA, US News, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

Skip Oliva on Endless Delays as Reason to Abolish the Death Penalty

Judge Carney acknowledged "courts had thus far generally not accepted the theory that extraordinary delay between sentencing and execution violates the Eighth Amendment," which prohibits "cruel and unusual" punishment.


Related Topix: Europe, World News, United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, Central America, Prison

The Modesto Bee

Jeff Jardine: Waiting out the death penalty

In 1981, Royal Kenneth Hayes lured a San Francisco couple to the University of California, Santa Cruz, for what was supposed to be a $250,000 cocaine deal.


Related Topix: California, San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA, Santa Cruz, CA

Sat Jul 26, 2014

Ark Supreme Court asked to weigh in on death penalty

An assistant Arkansas attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional.


Related Topix: Pulaski County, AR

Daily Mail

Lauren Goodger reveals devastation over betrayal after leaked sex tape

Scorn of the 'stitch bitch' Alexander McQueen: How legendary A-list designer hit Madonna in the head with a baked potato and banned Victoria Beckham from free frocks, as revealed by his lover Baffling murder of the Harvard law scholar: Professor killed in 'hit' was targeted two days after writing impassioned essay on the death penalty and getting a ... (more)


Related Topix: Sex Scandal


Man convicted in 1983 rape-murder in Louisville

A Louisville man could receive the death penalty after he was convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1983.


Related Topix: Violent Crime

KTRE-TV Lufkin

Arizona execution renews debate over methods

A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.


Related Topix: Prison, Oklahoma, US News, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, US Supreme Court

Detroit News

Other writers, on the death penalty, gridlock, and the Constitution

Did the winner-take-all primary system cost House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor his job? Lauren Galik in Reason : Another state, another botched execution carried out with secret new drugs.


Related Topix: US Politics, Eric Cantor, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Drink, Cocktails, Oklahoma, Opinion

Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?

A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz., where Joseph Rudolph Wood was put to death on Wednesday.


Related Topix: Prison, State Prisons, San Bernardino County, CA, Berkeley, CA

Fri Jul 25, 2014

WKYC-TV Cleveland

Judge in Akron disputes bias claims by prosecutorsJudge in Akron...

A judge in Akron disputes claims from prosecutors that she was biased in a death penalty murder case and says she shouldn't be removed.


Related Topix: Akron, OH, Violent Crime


Bad drugs lead to execution controversies

Arizona spent two hours killing death row inmate Joseph Wood this week, an unusually long time for an execution.


Related Topix: Prison, Oklahoma

Highlands Today

Prosecutor: Principal suspects in Doty slaying wona t face death penalty

During that party, authorities said, Felipe and Rodriguez fought with the 20-year-old Doty, beat him and then set his unconscious body on fire while he was still alive.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Prison, Highlands County, FL, Violent Crime

BBC News

Voices from the death penalty debate

The practice of execution in the US is growing increasingly complicated, as are the attitudes Americans have about the death penalty.


Related Topix: Prison, Criminal Defense Law, Law

WDRB-TV Louisville

Local vendors vie for vacancy after hot dog stand owner charged with murder

According to court documents, James Ford would actually do the force-feeding, and Brittany Herbst -- the child's mother -- would help.


Related Topix: Louisville, KY

CBS Local

Rand Paul Says Death Penalty Is A State Issue

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the racial imbalance of the nation's prisons that convinced him to support sentencing reform has not prompted him to scrutinize the death penalty in advance of a possible 2016 run for president.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Prison

WFAA-TV Dallas

Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to be working.


Related Topix: Arizona, Arizona Government, US Governors, Jan Brewer