Latest Death penalty controversy News

Man executed despite calls from victim’s family to spare him

Jul. 28, 2022 23:23 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend decades ago was executed Thursday night despite pleas from the victim’s family to spare his life. Joe Nathan James Jr. received a lethal injection at a south Alabama prison after the U.S. Supreme...

Daughters oppose upcoming execution of mother's killer

Jul. 26, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

Terryln Hall was just 6 years old when her mother, Faith, was fatally shot by a former boyfriend. Now, nearly 30 years later, Hall and her sister — along with their uncle — oppose Alabama’s plan to execute the man who killed their mother. Unless a judge or the governor...

Myanmar executions of 4 activists spur global outrage

Jul. 26, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — International outrage over Myanmar's execution of four political prisoners intensified Tuesday with grassroots protests and strong condemnation from world governments, as well as fears the hangings could derail nascent attempts to bring an end to the violence and unrest that has...

Myanmar executes ex-lawmaker, 3 other political prisoners

Jul. 25, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's government confirmed Monday it had carried out its first executions in nearly 50 years, hanging a former lawmaker, a democracy activist and two other political prisoners who had been accused of a targeted killing after the country's military takeover last year. ...

Federal judge rejects inmate's request for execution stay

Jul. 14, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge ruled that the execution of an Alabama inmate can proceed as scheduled later this month, rejecting the condemned man's request for a postponement. Joe Nathan James Jr. is set to be given a lethal injection on July 28 after being convicting...

Iranian gets life in prison in Sweden for 1980s crimes

Jul. 14, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An Iranian citizen was sentenced Thursday to life imprisonment by a Swedish court after being convicted of committing grave war crimes and murder during the final phase of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. The Stockholm District Court said Hamid Noury took part in...

Gambia court sentences ex-spy chief to death for murder

Jul. 14, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

MBOUR, Senegal (AP) — A Gambian court has sentenced a former spy chief and four others to death Wednesday after finding them guilty of the 2016 murder of a political activist. Former director general of the defunct National Intelligence Agency, Yankuba Badjie, was convicted along...

Singapore hangs 2 drug traffickers despite opposition

Jul. 07, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two drug traffickers were hanged in Singapore on Thursday, bringing the number of executions this year in the city-state to four despite growing calls to abolish its death penalty. Activists said the prison department handed the belongings and death...

Singapore urged to halt hanging of Malaysian drug trafficker

Jul. 04, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Anti-death penalty activists in Malaysia urged Singapore's government on Monday to halt the execution of a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker this week, the second in less than three months. Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of bringing heroin...

Ohio governor postpones 2 executions scheduled for 2023

Jul. 01, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's unofficial death penalty moratorium will continue past Gov. Mike DeWine's first term, based on a pair of reprieves for the first two executions of 2023 that were announced Friday. The news follows DeWine's decision a week ago to postpone the remaining...