Death penalty controversy

April 14, 2017 - 2:39 am
AFGHANISTAN Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive bomb KABUL, Afghanistan. (AP) — Afghanistan officials say the U.S. attack on a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military has left 36 Islamic State group...
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FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Bruce Earl Ward, left, and Don William Davis. Both men are scheduled for execution April 17, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 13, 2017 - 7:50 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two pharmaceutical companies asked a federal judge Thursday to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs to execute seven inmates by the end of the month, saying they object to their products being used for capital punishment. Fresenius Kabi USA and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals...
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April 13, 2017 - 7:10 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' plans to execute seven inmates by the end of the month (all times local): 6 p.m. Two pharmaceutical companies are asking a federal judge to prevent Arkansas from using its drugs in the planned execution of seven death row inmates later this month...
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In this Monday, April 10, 2017 photo, Amnesty International East Asia Director Nicholas Bequelin, left, and Deputy Director of Global Issues James Lynch hold the copies of reports on the death penalty during a press conference in Hong Kong. Human rights activists say China's use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and still outpaces the rest of the world combined, even after the nation's execution rate fell sharply in recent years. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
April 11, 2017 - 12:27 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and still outpaces the rest of the world combined, even after the nation's execution rate fell sharply over the past decade, human rights activists said Tuesday. Amnesty International reported 1,032 state-sponsored...
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In this Monday, April 10, 2017 photo, Amnesty International East Asia Director Nicholas Bequelin, left, and Deputy Director of Global Issues James Lynch hold the copies of reports on the death penalty during a press conference in Hong Kong. Human rights activists say China's use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and still outpaces the rest of the world combined, even after the nation's execution rate fell sharply in recent years. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
April 11, 2017 - 12:14 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and still outpaces the rest of the world combined, even after the nation's execution rate fell sharply over the past decade, human rights activists said Tuesday. Amnesty International reported 1,032 state-sponsored...
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This March 25, 2017, photo shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Eight prisoners have been scheduled to die at the prison in April as Arkansas rushes to use an execution drug that expires at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 04, 2017 - 1:12 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests. A judge on Tuesday will consider the inmates' request for additional time. Lawyers for the state...
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This March 25, 2017, photo shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Eight prisoners have been scheduled to die at the prison in April as Arkansas rushes to use an execution drug that expires at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 03, 2017 - 8:42 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests. A judge on Tuesday will consider the inmates' request for additional time. Lawyers for the state...
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Members of the Arkansas Parole Board hear testimony from the survivors of two murder victims Friday, March 24, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee have asked the board to recommend that Gov. Asa Hutchinson grant them mercy and commute their death sentences. Johnson and Lee are set to die April 20 amid a series of four double-executions. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
March 29, 2017 - 7:02 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Wednesday that an inmate's request to be spared from lethal injection be rejected, the third clemency bid knocked down this week as the state prepares an unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over 10 days in April. The...
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March 29, 2017 - 6:29 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's lethal injection procedure, a decision that potentially clears the way for a pharmacist to compound a hard-to-obtain execution drug. The state's highest court has ruled that any execution using pentobarbital — a...
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Members of the Arkansas Parole Board hear testimony from the survivors of two murder victims Friday, March 24, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee have asked the board to recommend that Gov. Asa Hutchinson grant them mercy and commute their death sentences. Johnson and Lee are set to die April 20 amid a series of four double-executions. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
March 29, 2017 - 5:31 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Wednesday that a murderer's request to be spared from lethal injection be rejected, the third clemency bid knocked down this week as the state prepares an unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over 10 days in April. The...
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