Death penalty controversy

FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams. The two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday, April 24, 2017, in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 24, 2017 - 5:27 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas killers set to die Monday in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years acknowledge they're guilty but fear the lethal injections could subject them to excruciating pain due to their various health problems. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams say their...
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FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams. The two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday, April 24, 2017, in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 24, 2017 - 3:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A federal appeals panel has rejected another legal challenge for an Arkansas inmate set for lethal injection as the state presses forward with its plan...
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FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams. The two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday, April 24, 2017, in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 24, 2017 - 2:22 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas killers set to die Monday in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years acknowledge they're guilty but fear the lethal injections could subject them to excruciating pain due to their various health problems. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams say...
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FILE - This Sept. 21, 2010, file photo shows the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California corrections officials expect to meet a Wednesday, April 26, 2017 deadline to submit revised lethal injection rules to state regulators, trying again with technical changes after the first attempt was rejected in December. While California has long been what one expert calls "a symbolic death penalty state," the nation's most populous state may now be easing back toward allowing executions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
April 23, 2017 - 12:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has long been what one expert calls a "symbolic death penalty state," one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more than a decade. Prodded by voters and lawsuits, the nation's most populous state may now be easing back...
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FILE - This Sept. 21, 2010, file photo shows the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California corrections officials expect to meet a Wednesday, April 26, 2017 deadline to submit revised lethal injection rules to state regulators, trying again with technical changes after the first attempt was rejected in December. While California has long been what one expert calls "a symbolic death penalty state," the nation's most populous state may now be easing back toward allowing executions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
April 23, 2017 - 10:24 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has long been what one expert calls a "symbolic death penalty state," one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more than a decade. Prodded by voters and lawsuits, the nation's most populous state may now be easing back...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Ivan Teleguz. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called off Teleguz's execution in a murder-for-hire case, citing concerns about some of the information presented to jurors. The Democratic governor commuted the sentence to life in prison Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP, File)
April 21, 2017 - 4:20 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For weeks, supporters of a man sentenced to death in a 2006 murder-for-hire case urged Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life because they believe he may be innocent. In the end, they got their wish, but not because the governor doubts he's guilty. McAuliffe said...
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Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court Tuesday, April 18, 2017, for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution which is scheduled for Thursday. Unless a court steps in, Lee and Stacey Johnson are set for execution Thursday night. Lee was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing Debra Reese with a tire iron in February 1993 in Jacksonville. (Benjamin Krain/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 20, 2017 - 10:24 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local): 9:20 p.m. A federal appeals court has denied all requests for a stay from an Arkansas inmate set for execution Thursday night. That means Ledell Lee's fate now rests with the U.S...
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In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 20, 2017 - 8:06 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local): 7 p.m. A federal appeals court has delayed an Arkansas inmate's execution for at least an hour to review his request to stop his lethal injection scheduled for Thursday night...
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In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 20, 2017 - 7:21 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A federal appeals court has rejected a request to issue execution stays for a group of Arkansas inmates, including one scheduled for lethal injection Thursday night...
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In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 20, 2017 - 6:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied another stay request from a condemned killer facing execution Thursday night. Justices on Thursday denied the request to halt...
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