Criminal punishment

FILE -- In this June 29, 2015 file photo, Egyptian policemen stand guard at the site of a bombing that killed Egypt's top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who oversaw cases against thousands of Islamists, in Cairo. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 Egypt executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Barakat, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Barakat, the first assassination of a senior official in Egypt in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Eman Helal, File)
February 20, 2019 - 8:53 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution at a news conference in Little Rock, Ark. The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
February 19, 2019 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. The justices said Tuesday that they wouldn't get involved in the...
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February 19, 2019 - 9:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. The justices ruled 6-3 Tuesday in the case of inmate Bobby James Moore. Moore had been sentenced to death for the 1980 shotgun slaying of...
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FILE - This undated file photo from the Alabama Department of Corrections shows inmate Dominique Ray. A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of Ray, a Muslim inmate in Alabama who says the state is violating his religious rights by not allowing an imam at his lethal injection. The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, a day before the scheduled lethal injection of Ray.(Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)
February 08, 2019 - 12:28 am
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn't let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation's highest court cleared the way. Dominique Ray, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. of a lethal...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2011 file photo, the execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution is shown as Security Institution Warden Randy Blades look on in Boise, Idaho. Idaho's attempt to withhold information about the source of its lethal injection drugs is akin to hiding the type of ammunition used by firing squads or the brand of rope used in a hanging, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho told a state judge on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner, File)
February 04, 2019 - 5:14 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's attempt to withhold information about the source of its lethal injection drugs is similar to hiding the type of ammunition used by firing squads or the brand of rope used in a hanging, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho told a state judge on...
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January 31, 2019 - 1:24 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill making the electric chair the default method of execution in South Carolina has again passed the state Senate. Senators voted 26-13 Wednesday to switch the main way executions are performed from lethal injection to electrocution. The bill moves to the House, where a...
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This undated photo released by Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Robert Jennings. The 61-year-old Texas man on death row was set to be executed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago. Jennings would be the first inmate put to death this year both in the U.S. and in Texas, which is the nation's busiest capital punishment state. Jennings was condemned for the July 1988 slaying of Houston Police Officer Elston Howard during a robbery of an adult bookstore. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
January 30, 2019 - 9:31 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 61-year-old Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago. Robert Jennings received lethal injection for the July 1988 fatal shooting of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore that...
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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, left, addresses the media as she stands with Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund, center, and Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Sebring, Fla. Five people were shot and killed on the day before at a SunTrust Bank. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
January 24, 2019 - 1:17 pm
SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — A gunman who took over a SunTrust Bank branch in Florida apparently made the five women inside lie down on the lobby floor before shooting them in the backs of their heads, police said Thursday. Sebring police Chief Karl Hoglund said there's no indication Zephen Xaver intended...
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In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, photo, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Ca., leaves a campaign event at Miami Dade College in Miami. As she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency, California Sen. Kamala Harris is striking a delicate balance on what could be a hurdle in a Democratic primary: her past as a prosecutor. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
January 08, 2019 - 9:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency, Sen. Kamala Harris is taking on what could be a hurdle in a Democratic primary: her past as a prosecutor. In her memoir published Tuesday, the California Democrat describes herself as a "progressive prosecutor" and says it...
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January 07, 2019 - 10:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering a federal appeals court to re-examine the case of a convicted killer in Ohio whose death sentence was thrown out after he was found to be mentally disabled. The justices said in an unsigned opinion Monday that the federal appeals court in Cincinnati...
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