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Why states are heading away from death penalty

Why states are heading away from death penalty

Since February’s announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee of his moratorium on capital punishment, there has been refreshed interest in the pros-and-cons conversation. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court placed a moratorium on executions, deemed as “cruel and unusual” (Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), and then lifted the…

Soul-searching as Japan ends a man’s decades on death row

Soul-searching as Japan ends a man’s decades on death row

Iwao Hakamada was a wiry former boxer in his 30s when he was thrown in jail for the killing of a family of four that shocked 1960s Japan. On Thursday, he limped from his cell on death row, a bewildered-looking 78-year-old who, his family fears, may have lost…

New evidence discredits witness against Todd Willingham

New evidence discredits witness against Todd Willingham

Attorneys working on behalf of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed 10 years ago after he was convicted of setting a house fire that killed his three young daughters, say they have new evidence that suggests he was innocent.…

One to Watch : Life and Death Row | Series 1 – 1. Execution

One to Watch : Life and Death Row | Series 1 – 1. Execution

A look at capital punishment through the eyes of young people whose lives have been shaped by it,…

After 30 years on death row, exonerated of murder

After 30 years on death row, exonerated of murder

Glenn Ford, one of the nation’s longest-serving prisoners on death row, is scheduled to be freed from a…

Europe’s hostility to capital punishment at origin of U.S. execution drug dilemma

Europe’s hostility to capital punishment at origin of U.S. execution drug dilemma

There’s one big reason why the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some…

Controversial death penalty bill killed in Virginia Senate

Controversial death penalty bill killed in Virginia Senate

Lawmakers in the state legislature have killed a controversial death penalty bill - at least until next year.…

Activists usher in campaign to bring Mumia Abu-Jamal home

Activists usher in campaign to bring Mumia Abu-Jamal home

Since the President’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of…

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