Death penalty controversy

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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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell, convicted of fatally shooting Charles Dials, during a carjacking in 1997. Campbell, whose poor veins led Ohio to halt his execution, has appealed a judge’s decision upholding the state’s lethal injection system. Campbell argues that Ohio's process raises an unconstitutional risk of serious harm because the first of three drugs may not render inmates completely unconscious. Lawyers for Campbell and fellow death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts announced the appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)
November 22, 2017 - 12:39 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer whose poor veins led Ohio to halt his execution has appealed a judge's decision upholding the state's lethal injection system. Death row inmate Alva Campbell argues that Ohio's process raises an unconstitutional risk of serious harm because the first of...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2016, file photo, flags of some of the 193 countries fly in the breeze in front of the Secretariat building of the United Nations. State Department officials say the U.S. this week plans to vote against a yearly U.N. resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. That's because, as in past years, free speech protections and other problems make the resolution impossible for America to support. But officials don't want their opposition interpreted as tacit support for Nazism in this first rendition of the annual vote since President Donald Trump entered office. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 16, 2017 - 3:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government wants you to know: It really, truly doesn't like Nazis. At the United Nations this week, the U.S. plans to vote against a yearly resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism, State Department officials said Wednesday. Although it may seem...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell. The Ohio Parole Board on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, rejected a request for mercy from Campbell, a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health that he should be spared from execution next month. The board's 11-1 decision came in the case of Campbell, set to die by lethal injection on Nov. 15 for killing a teen during a 1997 carjacking. The slaying came five years after he was paroled on a different murder charge. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)
November 13, 2017 - 2:04 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will provide a wedge-shaped pillow to help a condemned inmate breathe as he's being executed this week, among other accommodations the state is considering. Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill for lethal injection, became mildly agitated when...
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November 09, 2017 - 6:23 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections department took a key step Thursday to prepare for the state's first execution since 1997, unveiling a new combination of lethal injection drugs that no state has ever used on an inmate before. The state Department of Correctional Services notified death-...
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In this on Oct. 4, 2017, frame grab from video, Arkansas death row inmate Jack Greene appears before the state parole board at a prison in Varner, Ark. Greene is scheduled to die Nov. 9, 2017, but his lawyers are arguing that he is severely mentally ill and that, as a result of that, he sticks strands of tissue into his ears and nose to the point that they become bloody. (KTHV via AP, Pool)
November 07, 2017 - 7:21 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court on Tuesday halted this week's planned execution of an inmate who is severely mentally ill according to his lawyers, while a state judge ordered officials to release more information about one of the lethal injection drugs they had planned to use. In...
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