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Rand Paul Says Death Penalty Is A State Issue

11 hours 49 min ago

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the racial imbalance of the nation's prisons that convinced him to support sentencing reform has not prompted him to scrutinize the death penalty in advance of a possible 2016 run for president.

Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

15 hours 58 min ago

U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to be working.

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

18 hours 58 min ago

The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.

No decision on California death penalty appeal

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:46pm

California's attorney general says it's too soon to say if the state will appeal a federal judge's ruling that the state's death penalty process is unconstitutional.

Family of Victims Shows No Sympathy at Killer's Execution

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:31pm

The family of two people murdered by a man sentenced to the death penalty by lethal injection showed no remorse when his execution dragged on for nearly two hours.

Nibali wins Stage 18, closes in on Tour victory

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:00pm

Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law.

Louisiana and New Orleans: leaders in death penalty, prosecutor misconduct

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:59am

There is a reason the death penalty is rarely enforced anymore, particularly in the federal judicial system.

10 Things to Know for Thursday July 24, 2014

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:48am

The condemned man gasps and snorts as the lethal injection used adds to the scrutiny of the death penalty in the U.S. More war dead as Washington announces signs of progress in cease-fire talks, but prospects for a quick cessation to the hostilities seem distant.

Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:51am

Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations.

JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:45am

Gospel music mixed with cries of grief at a Brooklyn church filled to overflowing with mourners for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold, and his... Gospel music mixed with cries of grief at a Brooklyn church filled to overflowing with mourners for the funeral of a man who died in ... (more)

Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site, 48 dead

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:36pm

A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight.

Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after start of execution

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:37pm

FLORENCE, Ariz.>> A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 ... (more)

California Death Penalty ruled unconstitutional

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:27pm

Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled last week that the California Death Penalty is unconstitutional because it violated the 8th Amendment barring "cruel and unusual punishment."

Germans withholding evidence in AFN murder case pending death penalty decision

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:07pm

German authorities will withhold key evidence in the strangulation death of an AFN broadcaster - including the victim's throat, unless the U.S. military gives assurances it will not seek the death penalty for the airman accused of the murder.

Death penalty sought in Warren County killings

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:52am

An eastern Missouri man accused of killing two women and a boy in Warren County earlier this year could get the death penalty if convicted.

Sweeney sounds off on reinstating death penalty

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:43am

Senate President Steve Sweeney said legislation to bring back the death penalty for certain murders should not be reinstated so quickly.

LETTER: Fight violence with smarts, not gun controlLETTER: Fight...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:33am

LETTER: Fight violence with smarts, not gun control Weapons aren't the problem, it's the criminals using them Check out this story on With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back older ... (more)

Dan Walters: Californiaa s death penalty dying of old age

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:23pm

During the last four decades, no California political issue has burned more intensely than capital punishment, but it may have ended with a whimper, rather than with a bang, last week.

Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to proceed

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 8:11pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country.

Roundup: SCOTUS and the City, Fall Docket, Death Penalty Drugs

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:01pm

How many times have you stared at Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and thought to yourself, "I can't help but wonder ... isn't RBG just an older Carrier Bradshaw?" Of course you have not.