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Time the entire world barred capital punishment

Time the entire world barred capital punishment

In the Grassmarket in central Edinburgh, a round stone known as the “shadow of the gibbet” marks the site’s history as an execution spot. While capital punishment continued in Britain long past the last Grassmarket execution in 1784 – the last hanging in Scotland was as late as…

Iranian killer’s execution halted by victim’s parents

Iranian killer’s execution halted by victim’s parents

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran.…

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…

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…

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…

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