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California's death penalty is cruel, unusual and 'arbitrary'

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 2:16pm

A federal judge issued a stunning decision July 16, holding that the dysfunctional administration of California's death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Skip Oliva on Endless Delays as Reason to Abolish the Death Penalty

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:06am

Judge Carney acknowledged "courts had thus far generally not accepted the theory that extraordinary delay between sentencing and execution violates the Eighth Amendment," which prohibits "cruel and unusual" punishment.

Jeff Jardine: Waiting out the death penalty

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 5:57am

In 1981, Royal Kenneth Hayes lured a San Francisco couple to the University of California, Santa Cruz, for what was supposed to be a $250,000 cocaine deal.

Ark Supreme Court asked to weigh in on death penalty

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 1:43am

An assistant Arkansas attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional.

Lauren Goodger reveals devastation over betrayal after leaked sex tape

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:28pm

Scorn of the 'stitch bitch' Alexander McQueen: How legendary A-list designer hit Madonna in the head with a baked potato and banned Victoria Beckham from free frocks, as revealed by his lover Baffling murder of the Harvard law scholar: Professor killed in 'hit' was targeted two days after writing impassioned essay on the death penalty and getting a ... (more)

Man convicted in 1983 rape-murder in Louisville

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 5:18pm

A Louisville man could receive the death penalty after he was convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1983.

Arizona execution renews debate over methods

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:14pm

A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.

Other writers, on the death penalty, gridlock, and the Constitution

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:04am

Did the winner-take-all primary system cost House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor his job? Lauren Galik in Reason : Another state, another botched execution carried out with secret new drugs.

Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 6:54am

A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz., where Joseph Rudolph Wood was put to death on Wednesday.

Judge in Akron disputes bias claims by prosecutorsJudge in Akron...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:40am

A judge in Akron disputes claims from prosecutors that she was biased in a death penalty murder case and says she shouldn't be removed.

Bad drugs lead to execution controversies

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:35pm

Arizona spent two hours killing death row inmate Joseph Wood this week, an unusually long time for an execution.

Prosecutor: Principal suspects in Doty slaying wona t face death penalty

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:35pm

During that party, authorities said, Felipe and Rodriguez fought with the 20-year-old Doty, beat him and then set his unconscious body on fire while he was still alive.

Voices from the death penalty debate

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:36pm

The practice of execution in the US is growing increasingly complicated, as are the attitudes Americans have about the death penalty.

Local vendors vie for vacancy after hot dog stand owner charged with murder

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:24pm

According to court documents, James Ford would actually do the force-feeding, and Brittany Herbst -- the child's mother -- would help.

Rand Paul Says Death Penalty Is A State Issue

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:15am

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

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:05am

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

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:05am

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.