Death penalty controversy

April 12, 2018 - 5:43 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new annual report on the death penalty calls sub-Saharan Africa a "beacon of hope" amid a decline in executions worldwide. Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, Amnesty International says in the report released early...
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March 07, 2018 - 4:12 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After years without the drugs to do lethal injections, the South Carolina Senate has agreed to require condemned inmates go to the electric chair instead. South Carolina law has empowered residents of death row to make a choice between lethal injection and the electric chair...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Arapahoe County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Greta Lindecrantz, a defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify for prosecutors in a death penalty appeal. Lindecrantz is a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment and does not want to risk her testimony being used to help execute the defendant. (Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office via AP)
March 02, 2018 - 9:44 pm
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado criminal defense investigator who refused to testify for the prosecution in a death penalty case because she says it's against her Mennonite faith will remain jailed after an appeals court on Friday ruled against her request to testify under alternative conditions. Greta...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Arapahoe County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Greta Lindecrantz, a defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify for prosecutors in a death penalty appeal. Lindecrantz is a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment and does not want to risk her testimony being used to help execute the defendant. (Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office via AP)
February 28, 2018 - 2:21 am
DENVER (AP) — A defense investigator in a Colorado death penalty case is behind bars after refusing to testify for prosecutors, saying that helping their effort to execute a defendant would violate her religious beliefs. A judge ordered the jailing of Greta Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes...
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FILE - This undated file image provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Doyle Lee Hamm, an inmate who was scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Alabama. The state of Alabama must seek a new execution date for Hamm if it still wants to execute him following an unexpected postponement. Prison officials halted preparations for Doyle Lee Hamm's lethal injection late Thursday because medical staff said they couldn't find a suitable vein before the execution warrant expired. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)
February 23, 2018 - 9:50 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Execution team members stuck an inmate repeatedly in the lower legs, ankles and groin in effort to find a usable vein before the state called off the lethal injection, according to a Friday court filing by the inmate's lawyer. Attorney Bernard Harcourt said he is seeking...
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This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a college students in 1993, so he could steal her car. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 8:40 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday. The governor's office said Eric Scott Branch, 47, was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. Thursday...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John David Battaglia who is scheduled for execution Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Huntsville, Texas, for the May 2001 slayings of his two daughters. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
February 01, 2018 - 11:14 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone was put to death Thursday night in Texas. John David Battaglia received lethal injection for the May 2001 killings of his 9-year-old...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows William Rayford, who is scheduled for execution Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, for the 1999 killing of his ex-girlfriend Carol Lynn Thomas Hall in Dallas. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
January 30, 2018 - 9:25 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night rejected two appeals from a Texas death row inmate, clearing the way for his execution for the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend while he already was on parole for killing his estranged wife. William Rayford, 64, would be the nation's...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows a police mug shot of Vernon Madison, who is scheduled to be executed for the 1985 murder of Mobile police officer Julius Schulte on Thursday. Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it proceed with this week's scheduled execution of the 67-year-old inmate whose lawyers say can no longer remember his crime. The Alabama attorney general's office told justices in a filing Monday that the state's high court last year ruled the execution could proceed and should do so again. (Alabama Department of Corrections, via AP, File)
January 26, 2018 - 3:34 pm
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Friday he was disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to delay the execution of an inmate convicted of killing a police officer in 1985, saying "justice is again delayed" for the officer's family. The U.S. Supreme Court...
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This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Maurice Mason, whose death sentence for raping and killing Robin Dennis in February 1993 was overturned by a federal appeals court. Mason is challenging a new sentencing hearing, and the Ohio Supreme Court scheduled a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 to weigh his arguments that the state's capital punishment law is unconstitutional because judges and not juries hand down death sentences. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)
January 23, 2018 - 1:27 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital punishment law is unconstitutional because judges, not juries, impose death sentences in contrast to the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial, lawyers for a convicted killer argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. Attorneys for ex-death row inmate...
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