• Congress July 25, 2019 6:31 pm

    Attorney General William Barr Orders First Federal Executions in Nearly Two Decades

    The federal government will resume executing death-row inmates after nearly two decades without doing so, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday. Attorney General William Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of five inmates convicted of murder and other crimes. The executions have been scheduled for December 2019 and January 2020. The department also announced a...

  • NBC April 7, 2019 10:42 am

    Death Penalty Repeal Sweeping States as Both Parties on Board

    New Hampshire state Rep. Renny Cushing opposed the death penalty before his father was murdered more than 30 years ago. He opposed it still in 2011, when his brother-in-law was shot and killed in Tennessee. And in early March, he took to the House floor to encourage his colleagues to support his bill to abolish capital punishment in his home...

  • head March 31, 2019 1:45 am

    2 Death Row Inmates Had Similar Requests, But Different Results

    Death row inmates Patrick Murphy and Domineque Ray each turned to courts recently with a similar plea: Halt my execution if the state won’t let a spiritual adviser of my faith accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices overrode a lower court and allowed Ray’s execution to go forward...

  • spokesman March 30, 2019 9:45 pm

    2 Death Row Inmates Had Similar Requests, But Different Results

    Death row inmates Patrick Murphy and Domineque Ray each turned to courts recently with a similar plea: Halt my execution if the state won’t let a spiritual adviser of my faith accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices overrode a lower court and allowed Ray’s execution to go forward...

  • Donald Trump March 19, 2019 12:53 pm

    Historic Midwest Flooding Expected to Linger

    Widespread flooding has thousands stranded from their homes across the Midwest following a bomb cyclone and a week of heavy rains. The flooding in many areas throughout the Missouri and Mississippi river basins has reached historic levels, with water pushing into places it’s never been before.

  • Attorney General February 8, 2019 12:03 pm

    Alabama Executes Muslim Inmate Who Wanted Imam Present

    A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn’t let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation’s highest court cleared the way. Dominique Ray, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. of a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore. Ray had argued Alabama’s execution procedure...

  • New Jersey July 12, 2018 3:49 am

    Execution Blocked After Company Objects to Use of Its Drug

    A Nevada judge effectively blocked the execution of a two-time killer Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallowed the drug in a ruling that came less than nine hours before Scott Raymond Dozier, 47, was to be executed by injection with...

  • United States March 31, 2018 12:39 am

    Drugs Will Expire Before Court Ruling on Nevada Execution

    Some drugs obtained for the first lethal injection in Nevada since 2006 will expire before the state Supreme Court decides whether to approve their use, officials said Friday.

  • Donald Trump March 19, 2018 11:46 pm

    Trump Wants More Traffickers Put to Death, But Can He Do That?

    A wide-ranging White House plan to combat America’s opioid crisis contains a striking element: It calls on the Justice Department to seek the death penalty for some drug traffickers. Opponents call that a return to failed drug-war tactics, and some legal experts question its constitutionality and effectiveness.

  • judge March 8, 2018 3:14 am

    South Carolina Senate Empowers State to Use Electric Chair

    After years without the drugs to do lethal injections, the South Carolina Senate has agreed to require condemned inmates go to the electric chair instead. South Carolina law has empowered residents of death row to make a choice between lethal injection and the electric chair since 1995, so the lack of drugs enabled them to stay alive by choosing injections....

  • attorney March 19, 2018 6:28 pm

    Mennonite Investigator Who Won't Testify Goes Back to Jail

    A defense investigator in a death penalty case has been jailed indefinitely for refusing to testify for prosecutors, saying that helping their effort to execute a defendant would violate her religious beliefs. Greta Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment, refused for a third day Wednesday to answer questions in court about her work as part of a death penalty...

  • Florida August 25, 2017 12:41 am

    Florida Executes Convicted Double-Murderer Using Experimental Injection Drug

    Florida on Thursday put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders....
    Authorities said 53-year-old Mark Asay, the first white man executed in Florida for the killing of a black man, was pronounced dead at...

  • Florida August 24, 2017 3:37 pm

    Florida to Execute Man Using an Untested Lethal Injection Procedure

    For the first time in state history, Florida is expecting to execute a white man Thursday for killing a black person — and it plans to do so with the help of a drug that has never been used before in any U.S. execution.

  • United States April 25, 2017 10:52 am

    Arkansas Executes 2 Inmates Hours Apart in Nation's 1st Double Execution Since 2000

    After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days — including two in one night. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night, just about three hours apart. It was the first double execution in the United States since 2000. While Jones, 52, was executed...

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