Death penalty controversy

FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, police patrol outside Iran's parliament building after an assault by several attackers that was claimed by the Islamic State group, in Tehran, Iran. Iran said Saturday, July 7, 2018, it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
July 07, 2018 - 5:19 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran executed eight men convicted over the 2017 Islamic State attack on parliament and the shrine of the Islamic Republic's founding ayatollah, the bloodiest terror attack to strike Tehran in decades, authorities said Saturday. The June 7, 2017 attack has so far been the only...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2016, file photo, a photograph showing Sisters Margaret Held, left, of the School Sisters of St. Francis, and Paula Merrill, of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, sits at the entrance to the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, Miss., where a memorial Mass was held fo ther two 68-year-old nuns, who were killed in their Durant home. District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver told The Associated Press Tuesday, June 12, 2018, that Robert Earl Sanders of Kosciusko, charged with killing the two nuns will plead guilty, Thursday, June 21, 2018, as part of an agreement that removes the possibility of the death penalty. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
June 21, 2018 - 11:19 am
LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to the 2016 killing of two Roman Catholic nuns in an agreement that averts the possibility of the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders. Rodney Earl Sanders made the pleas Thursday in state...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Nevada Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier, who was convicted in 2007 of robbing, killing and dismembering a 22-year-old man in Las Vegas, and was convicted in Arizona in 2005 of another murder and dismemberment near Phoenix. A judge has signed off on the first execution in Nevada in 12 years, despite lingering questions about a never-before-used drug protocol that's faced a court fight. Clark County District Judge Jennifer Togliatti signed Dozier's death warrant Tuesday, June 19, 2018, setting the execution for an unspecified date the week of July 9. (Nevada Department of Corrections via AP, File)
June 20, 2018 - 5:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada plans to carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection. Scott Raymond Dozier is scheduled to die July 11, Department of...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Feinstein says she no longer supports the death penalty, a significant policy shift as she seeks re-election against a challenge from a fellow Democrat, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, who is viewed as a more liberal choice. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana,File)
May 23, 2018 - 8:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she no longer backs the death penalty, a reversal of decades-long support that comes during a primary campaign where her stiffest challenge is from a fellow Democrat who is trying to outflank her with the party's base. "It became...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2018 photo, Gov. Bruce Rauner, center, addresses reporters outside his state Capitol office in Springfield, Ill. Rauner, a Republican, wants to reinstate the death penalty in the state. He added the provision Monday, May 14, into gun legislation favored by Democrats. The bill now goes back to the Democratic-controlled Legislature for approval. (AP Photo by John O'Connor File)
May 21, 2018 - 12:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature on Monday will begin weighing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones legislators approved. Rauner used his veto powers last...
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This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Walter Leroy Moody. A federal appeals court has rejected the death row inmate's argument that Moody must serve out his federal sentence before Alabama can put him to death for the 1989 killing of a federal judge. He is scheduled to be executed Thursday, April 19, 2018, for killing 11th Circuit Judge Robert Vance with a bomb mailed to his home. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
April 20, 2018 - 7:25 am
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man convicted of sending mail bombs during a wave of Southern terror has been executed for killing a federal judge, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m. following an...
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FILE - Dec. 2, 2017 file photo Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist, left, answers a question from moderator Eric Barker, outdoor editor for the Lewiston Tribune, during the Sportsman Gubernatorial Candidate Forum in Boise, Idaho. Officials in Republican-dominant states are pushing legislation ahead of midterm elections that would punish both doctors and patients for abortions. Ahlquist said at a forum months earlier that he would support legislation allowing women to be prosecuted for abortions. He was responding to a question from a Republican lawmaker who wants to push such legislation but hasn’t introduced it at the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger,File)
April 19, 2018 - 6:59 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional. In Idaho, Republicans competing in a crowded field for...
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April 18, 2018 - 11:28 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge prohibited from hearing execution cases has again demonstrated against the death penalty outside the governor's mansion, lying down on a cot in a scene identical to the protest that prompted his disqualification last year. Pulaski County Circuit Judge...
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An honor guard follow the casket out of the Doane Beal and Ames Funeral home in Hyannis, Mass., Tuesday, April 17, 2018, where the body of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon was transported by motorcade to South Yarmouth for a wake at St. Pius X Church. A vigil and visitation for Yarmouth K-9 Officer Gannon is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, while a funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Both will take place at St. Pius X Roman Catholic church in Yarmouth. The funeral Mass will be followed by a private burial. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)
April 18, 2018 - 10:05 am
BOSTON (AP) — The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers. Recent attempts to restore capital punishment in the state have faltered, most recently after the killing of another police...
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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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