Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That’s more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
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A white former South Carolina police officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge on Thursday for the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist, an unusually severe sentence for a police shooting.
The appeal, filed by the high-profile attorney behind the Hawaii federal case fighting Trump’s travel ban, challenges the overly broad qualifying factors that can make a murder conviction death-eligible in Arizona.
Bereaved families of people who have died in police custody could be spared the ordeal of applying for legal aid, the government has hinted. The government has said that the lord chancellor will review existing guidance.
The families of two men with mental health issues who died in police custody welcomed a report into how vulnerable people should be treated by emergency services. The report says police practice must recognise any restraint can cause death.
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed appeals from two men convicted of perjury in connection with a notorious Taser death at Vancouver’s airport in 2007. The court rejected the appeals immediately after hearing them.
Deaths in custody should be investigated with the same urgency as murder inquiries, says a long-awaited report that aims to restore trust in the police. It will be unveiled by home secretary Amber Rudd on Monday following a 15-month delay.
The nation’s declining rate of executions has leveled off, but opponents of capital punishment say the death penalty remains on borrowed time. The 2017 total could approach 30 before the year is out, depending on last-minute legal battles.