All Articles: Death Penalty

Death Penalty Ban Moves Toward 2016 Ballot

By Juan Moreno Haines Managing Editor Former M.A.S.H. star and anti-death penalty advocate Mike Farrell filed papers that would end the death penalty in California in the state’s attorney general’s office on Sept. 15. The ballot initiative, “The Justice That Works Act of 2016” (The Act) would retroactively convert all California death sentences to life […]

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Texas Slows Its Record Pace Of Death Row Executions

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer The state of Texas is no longer killing Death Row inmates at a record pace. At its peak in 1999, there were 460 men and women sentenced to death. Today, there are only 260 waiting to be executed. In 2000, the state set an all-time record when 40 […]

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Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s Death Penalty Views ‘Dead Wrong’

By Thomas Gardner U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has expressed opinions about death penalty sentences that are dead wrong, said Tom Boggioni in an opinion piece published online by Raw Story. Boggioni points to the case of Henry Lee McCollum, convicted for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl more than 30 years […]

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Death Penalty in ‘Legal Limbo’ Over Use of Lethal Injection

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer Even though the state’s death penalty is in “legal limbo” over the use of a three-drug lethal injection procedure, Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to convert existing cells at San Quentin State Prison to create room for condemned inmates, according to […]

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Love, Betrayal and Facing the Death Penalty

By Juan Haines Managing Editor I breezed through the novella A Trial for Grace, by Jessica Pishko (2015) in just a couple of days. It was an engaging read, a look at the life of a young legal professional who fell in love with a married man and then was sucked into his fraudulent world. […]

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Death Penalty ‘Costly, Still Broken’

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer The death penalty is broken in the U.S., according to a federal judge. Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals told a student audience at Cornell Law School it has been almost 40 years since the court struck down mandatory executions for certain types […]

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Oklahoma Lethal Injection Faces Supreme Court Review

By Marcus Henderson Journalism Guild Writer Three botched executions in 2014 prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedures. “I am deeply troubled by this evidence suggesting that Midazolam cannot constitutionally be used as the first drug in a three-drug lethal injection protocol…” said Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. […]

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State Court Increases Scrutiny of Death Penalty Cases

By Chung Kao Staff Writer In January, the California Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence of a man with a long criminal record was appropriate. On March 11, that ruling was rescinded. The turnaround came after two justices appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger, were sworn into the court […]

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Approximately 10 Counties Responsible For a Quarter of U.S. Executions

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer The National Journal has released a report on the death penalty showing that there are approximately 10 counties responsible for one quarter of the executions in U.S. prisons. Dustin Volz, author of the article, placed a huge emphasis on the state of Texas, where four out of 254 counties […]

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Costly and Broken Death Penalty System

By Charles David Henry More than two-thirds of all countries have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, Amnesty International reports. But some countries, including the United States, still carry out executions. More than half of the world’s population lives in 58 countries where the death penalty is retained by their legal system. […]

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