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In this undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Donnie Clevelan Lance, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago. State Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 that Lance, 66, is scheduled to die on Jan. 29, 2020, at the state prison in Jackson, Ga. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

Georgia sets execution for man convicted of killing 2 people

Jan. 17, 2020 3:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago is set to executed later this month. Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is scheduled to die Jan. 29 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr and Department of Corrections Commissioner...

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, a Pakistani court, overturned the death sentence given to the country's ailing former dictator, saying a special court that last month convicted and sentenced Musharraf had been formed in violation of the law. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

Pakistan court overturns death penalty for ex-president

Jan. 13, 2020 8:18 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Monday overturned the death sentence given to the country's ex-military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, a former close U.S. ally in the war against terror. The Lahore High Court ruled that the special tribunal formed to try the ex-president was not legal. Musharraf's...

Arkansas inmate cites mental illness in death penalty appeal

Jan. 9, 2020 2:31 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas death row inmate convicted of killing a state legislator's daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia and should not be executed, his attorney told the state Supreme Court Thursday. Justices heard arguments over Karl Roberts' appeal of his conviction and death sentence...

Tennessee inmates ask court to stop execution scheduling

Jan. 4, 2020 12:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One African American defendant was forced by a judge to represent himself at trial. Another was shackled in front of an all white jury during a sentencing hearing. And a third black defendant facing the death penalty is intellectually disabled. Those are some of the arguments made...

In this Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Rachel Sutphin, the daughter of William Morva who was executed in 2017 for the murder of Cpl. Eric Sutphin, poses after a hearing at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A bill to abolish the death penalty has been filed by Del. Lee Carter, a Democrat from Manassas, and several additional bills are expected. (Frank Green/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Opponents push to abolish death penalty in Virginia

Dec. 31, 2019 12:57 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has executed nearly 1,400 people in its 412-year history — more than any other state. But as a new Democratic majority prepares to begin the legislative session, some see an opportunity to end executions in Virginia. A bill to abolish the death penalty has been filed by...

FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Gov. Newsom is wrapping up a first year highlighted by the bankruptcy of the country's largest utility, an escalating homelessness crisis and an intensifying feud with the Trump administration, along with record-low unemployment and a booming state economy producing a multi-billion-dollar surplus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California's Gov. Newsom had 'baptism by fire' in 1st year

Dec. 30, 2019 1:11 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics. PG&E filed for bankruptcy barely three weeks...

File - In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Pittsburgh. Lawyers for Robert Bowers, the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh, have challenged his potential death sentence as unconstitutional and argued in court papers filed this week that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. They also said the practice of carrying out federal executions in state prisons violates a Tenth Amendment protection that says states can’t be made to enforce federal laws, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Lawyers fight death penalty for synagogue shooting suspect

Dec. 28, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Lawyers for the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh have challenged his potential death sentence as unconstitutional. Lawyers for Robert Bowers argued in court papers filed this week that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the Eighth...

Japan's Minister of Justice Masako Mori speaks at a press conference on the execution of a convict Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in Tokyo. Japan on Thursday executed a Chinese death-row inmate convicted in the 2003 murder and robber of a family of four, including two children, as the country sticks to death penalty despite growing international move toward abolishing the system. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder

Dec. 26, 2019 6:30 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan executed its first foreigner in 10 years on Thursday, a Chinese man convicted in the 2003 murder and robbery of a family of four. Wei Wei, 40, was hanged Thursday at a detention center in Fukuoka where he had been on death row for more than 16 years, Justice Minister Masako Mori said. ...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks during the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Regional Economic Forum, hosted by East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tenn.  In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Lee said he knew the most difficult decision he'd face as governor would be weighing the fate of an inmate's life. His faith remains central to his views, he said, but he maintains that the death penalty is “appropriate for those most heinous of crimes.

AP Interview: Tennessee governor talks death penalty, faith

Dec. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After he surged into office last year wearing his Christian faith on his sleeve, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee found himself running a state with a growing reputation for putting inmates to death. With Lee at the helm, Tennessee has shown no signs of slowing down. Lee cited his faith...

Pakistani police officers stand guard outside Multan jail after a court's decision for a professor facing blasphemy case, in Multan, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. A Pakistani court on Saturday convicted the Muslim professor of blasphemy, sentencing him to death for allegedly spreading anti-Islamic ideas. Junaid Hafeez has been held for six years awaiting trial. He's spent most of that time in solitary confinement because he would likely be killed if left with the general population, local media have reported. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)

Pakistani professor gets death sentence in blasphemy case

Dec. 21, 2019 3:47 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Saturday convicted a Muslim professor of blasphemy, sentencing him to death for allegedly spreading anti-Islamic ideas. Junaid Hafeez has been held for six years awaiting trial. He's spent most of that time in solitary confinement because he would likely be...