Death penalty controversy

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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March 27, 2017 - 7:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two of inmates facing lethal injection next month, as a new lawsuit challenges the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period. The...
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March 27, 2017 - 5:39 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two of inmates facing lethal injection next month, as a new lawsuit challenges the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period. The...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, Wendy Kelley, the deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction, speaks in Osceola, Ark. Her agency will attempt to conduct four double-executions within a 10-day period in April 2017 after not having executed anyone since 2005. (AP Photo/Tim Rand, File)
March 21, 2017 - 3:53 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period — an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire. If carried...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, Wendy Kelley, the deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction, speaks in Osceola, Ark. Her agency will attempt to conduct four double-executions within a 10-day period in April 2017 after not having executed anyone since 2005. (AP Photo/Tim Rand, File)
March 21, 2017 - 2:19 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period — an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire. If carried...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, Wendy Kelley, the deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction, speaks in Osceola, Ark. Her agency will attempt to conduct four double-executions within a 10-day period in April 2017 after not having executed anyone since 2005. (AP Photo/Tim Rand, File)
March 21, 2017 - 12:59 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period — an unprecedented timetable made necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire. If carried out, the...
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In a press conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse, Florida Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces Thursday, March 16, 2017, that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
March 18, 2017 - 2:05 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida prosecutor who thrust herself into the forefront of the anti-death penalty movement is a political novice who was elected just seven months ago. Aramis Ayala, a Democrat and former public defender and assistant state attorney, surprised many of her own supporters...
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In a press conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, March 16, 2017, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
March 17, 2017 - 1:20 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the decision by a top prosecutor in Florida to no longer seek the death penalty (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The mother of one of the victims of a suspect in the killing of a police officer in Florida says she supports the State Attorney's decision not to seek the...
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