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3 hrs ago | KFVS12

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

7 hrs ago | 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

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