death penalty

Shocker! Scalia's Poster Boy for Death Penalty Ruled Innocent, Set Free

Shocker! Scalia's Poster Boy for Death Penalty Ruled Innocent, Set Free
In a glorious comeuppance for Antonin Scalia (which is always a great thing – EXCEPT FOR THE FACT TWO INNOCENT MEN SPENT 30 YEARS IN JAIL), his poster boys for the death penalty turn out to have been wrongly convicted.
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Colorado Republicans Celebrate China’s Quickie Executions

Colorado Republicans Celebrate China’s Quickie Executions
Debate over the death penalty in Colorado continues this election year, as Republican work to make Gov. John Hickenlooper's granting of a temporary reprieve to "Chuck E. Cheese Killer" Nathan Dunlap a campaign issue. A recent interview leaked by a conservative news outlet, as one example, quotes Hickenlooper as considering a full commutation of Dunlap's sentence — along with the governor's growing belief that the death penalty in Colorado (as elsewhere) is no longer a just punishment. The Republican outrage quickly worked itself into ridiculousness.
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More CA Death Row Inmates Commit Suicide Than Receive Capital Punishment, as Judge Questions Constitutionality

More CA Death Row Inmates Commit Suicide Than Receive Capital Punishment, as Judge Questions Constitutionality
Last week, Judge Carney in the Central District of California wrote a refreshingly accessible, logical, and just opinion declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional. The court found that the excessive systemic delay between sentence and execution, combined with the infrequency of the punishment actually being administered, creates a system where “a sentence of death...is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death — a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose.” But is it the end of capital punishment in the state?
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Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'

Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'
A California federal judge ruled this week that the state's death penalty, which has created long delays and uncertainty for inmates, violates California's ban on 'cruel and unusual' punishment, rendering capital punishment unconstitutional. The ACLU notes this is the first such ruling, but certainly won't be the last.
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Supreme Court Says IQ-Test for Death Row Inmates Is Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Says IQ-Test for Death Row Inmates Is Unconstitutional
Virginia, Kentucky and Florida were called out in yesterday's Supreme Court decision that gave greater protection to death row inmates seeking to prove they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled. The court ruled 5 to 4 that state laws that draw a bright line on IQ-test results are unconstitutional.
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Does a Botched Execution Violate the Eighth Amendment?

Does a Botched Execution Violate the Eighth Amendment?
Lyle Denniston says this week’s botched execution in Oklahoma raises some constitutional issues, but the Supreme Court has long been reluctant to second-guess the choices that states have made.
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Woman Faces Execution for Murder Her Son has Repeatedly Confessed to

Woman Faces Execution for Murder Her Son has Repeatedly Confessed to
Unless the courts or its governor steps in, a Mississippi woman will be executed for murder her son has repeatedly confessed to committing.
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NH House Votes to Repeal Death Penalty

NH House Votes to Repeal Death Penalty
The New Hampshire House has approved a measure to repeal the state's death penalty after rejecting an amendment that would have spared the life of the only convict on death row in the state.
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WA Governor Suspends Death Penalty: Too Much at Stake to Accept 'Imperfect System'

WA Governor Suspends Death Penalty: Too Much at Stake to Accept 'Imperfect System'
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."
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Ohio Killer Close to Execution with Untried Method

Ohio Killer Close to Execution with Untried Method
A condemned Ohio killer set to be put to death by a never-tried lethal injection method spent the night before his scheduled execution talking on the phone and writing letters, a prisons spokeswoman said Thursday.
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