Latest Criminal punishment News

Judge keeps execution for inmate who sought pastor's touch

Jun. 21, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge on Tuesday denied a request by a district attorney who called capital punishment “unethical” to withdraw the execution date of a death row inmate whose case had raised legal questions about the role of spiritual advisers in the death chamber. On...

Official in election standoff avoids prison in Capitol riot

Jun. 17, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An elected official who was a central figure in a New Mexico county’s refusal to certify recent election results based on debunked conspiracy theories about voting machines avoided more jail time on Friday for joining the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol. Couy...

Lawmaker: Report shows Oklahoma death row inmate's innocence

Jun. 15, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican Oklahoma state representative who is a self-described death-penalty supporter on Wednesday said a report by a Houston law firm into the conviction of death row inmate Richard Glossip proves Glossip's innocence. “We've got an individual sitting on...

US judge keeps Nevada execution challenge alive, for now

Jun. 13, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge declined Monday to either decide or dismiss a condemned Nevada killer’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state plan for what would its first lethal injection in more than 16 years. U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware II left open...

Alabama Supreme Court sets execution date for inmate

Jun. 13, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 28 for a man convicted of killing his one-time girlfriend after breaking into her home in Jefferson County almost three decades ago, according to a court order made public Monday. Joe Nathan James...

Tennessee execution pause through 2022 could last longer

Jun. 13, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee halted a lethal injection in April because he learned the drugs hadn't been tested as required, he ordered an independent investigation and paused all executions through the end of the year. Now, it's clear that Tennessee's...

Oklahoma official seeks execution dates for 25 inmates

Jun. 11, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has asked the state's highest appeals court to set execution dates for 25 death row inmates following a federal judge's rejection of their challenge to the state’s lethal injection method. In 25 similar filings with the Oklahoma...

Judge: Death row inmate can pursue disability claims

Jun. 09, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate convicted of a 1994 slaying can pursue arguments that he is intellectually disabled and should not be executed under state law, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Mark S. Norris issued an order Tuesday granting a stay...

Arizona executes Frank Atwood for 1984 killing of young girl

Jun. 08, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of murder in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl was put to death Wednesday in the state’s second execution since officials resumed carrying out the death penalty in May following a nearly eight-year hiatus. Frank Atwood, 66,...

An Arizona official says Frank Atwood has been executed by lethal injection for the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl

Jun. 08, 2022 13:36 PM EDT
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona official says Frank Atwood has been executed by lethal injection for the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl.