Sunday, May 28, 2017

capital punishment

In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017, file photo, former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, right, gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

BY SEAN MURPHY OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has had one of the busiest death chambers in the country for decades, executing more people per capita than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that death ...
This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)

BY KELLY P. KISSEL and ANDREW DeMILLO VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny ...
In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution which is scheduled for Thursday. (Benjamin Krain/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO and SEAN MURPHY VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of ...
This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledelle Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 20, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double ...
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Terry Edwards. Edwards, 43, is set for lethal injection on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

BY MICHAEL GRACZYK HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of a fatal robbery at a Dallas-area Subway shop just weeks after he was fired from his job there was executed Thursday night. Terry Edwards, 43, received lethal injection for ...
Staunton Va., resident, Chuck Troutman, holds a sign in remembrance of the Harvey family outside the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

BY ALANNA DURKIN RICHER JARRATT, Va. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year’s Day party ...
This Sept. 21, 2010, file photo shows the death chamber of the new lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

BY SAM HANANEL WASHINGTON (AP) — Only 30 people were sentenced to death in the United States this year, the lowest number since the early 1970s and a further sign of the steady decline in use of the death penalty. ...
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows inmate Bobby Moore. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

BY MICHAEL GRACZYK HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to examine whether the nation’s busiest state for capital punishment is trying to put to death a convicted killer who’s intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for ...
This Sept. 21, 2010, file photo shows the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

BY BRIAN MELLEY LOS ANGELES (AP) — After condemning the most vicious murderers to death for nearly 40 years, but rarely seeing them meet that fate, California voters said enough. Two weeks after rejecting an effort to toss out the ...
This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof.

BY ERIC TUCKER and MEG KINNARD WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty ...
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