On Wednesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein made a surprising statement to the Los Angeles Times: After decades of touting her support for capital punishment, she no longer backs the death penalty.
States that still carry out the death penalty via legal injection have had a hard time over the last few years actually finding the drugs to do so. American pharmaceutical companies have stopped allowing them to be used to kill people and the European Union won’t let its member countries sell them to us. So states are…
Whether Donald Trump is trying to distract the nation from his administration’s scandals or he really believes that killing people will solve the country’s drug problems, the idea of imposing a death penalty for drug dealing is un–American. And it needs to be stopped in its tracks.
The Donald Trump Show traveled to Moon Township, PA, on Saturday night in support of Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone ahead of a special congressional election on Tuesday. But as is usually the case with this president, the speech ended up being about Donald Trump and his insane ideas.
The Washington State Senate voted on Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, The News Tribune reported, in a 26-22 vote that included five Republican members of the chamber. If the measure passes the House and is signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee, it would replace the death penalty with a life prison sentence…
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-to-3 opinion that Keith Leroy Tharpe, a black inmate currently on death row in Georgia, will be allowed to challenge his death sentence because of the role racial bias played in his trial.
File this under America’s truly fucked-up capital punishment system: corrections officials in Ohio plan to provide 69-year-old Alva Campbell with a special pillow to use during his execution on Wednesday to ensure he can breathe just long enough to kill him.
Gary Otte is scheduled to be executed by the state of Ohio on Wednesday. In what will likely be one of his last acts, he sent us the following essay.
UPDATE: Missouri governor Eric Greitens has stayed the execution. See below for more details.
Update, 5/17: J.W. Ledford Jr.’s request was denied, and he was put to death by lethal injection early Wednesday morning at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia.
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch once wrote a book on the moral and ethical arguments surrounding the debate on assisted suicide and euthanasia. In that book, he argued against legalizing euthanasia by stating that human life is intrinsically valuable and intentional killing is always wrong.
On the morning of April 20, it seemed entirely possible that Ledell Lee would live to see another day. Lee, an Arkansas inmate on death row for murder since 1995, was scheduled to die that evening, but he had been granted a temporary reprieve, thanks to a court ruling barring Arkansas from using one of the drugs…
The state of Arkansas was scheduled to execute eight of its Death Row inmates in 11 days, starting this week. As of Thursday, all eight of the executions have been put on hold. (UPDATE: The Arkansas Supreme Court sided with the state in a crucial ruling on Thursday. See more details below.)
The United States Supreme Court upheld the stay of an Arkansas inmate’s execution just hours before he was slated to die on Monday evening.
Last Friday—the same day he ruled to halt the use of a lethal chemical in a string of executions, effectively stopping them in their tracks—Judge Wendell Griffen of Arkansas’ Sixth Judicial Circuit strapped himself onto a gurney outside Governor Asa Hutchenson’s mansion, in protest of the death penalty.