Latest Criminal punishment News

Execution date set for Missouri inmate with rare condition

Jun. 25, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri death row inmate who has received last-minute reprieves twice before over concerns about a rare medical condition is now scheduled to die in October. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set an Oct. 1 execution date for Russell Bucklew, who was convicted in the 1996 shooting...

Arkansas judge asks to handle execution-related cases again

Jun. 25, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion two years ago has asked the state Supreme Court to allow him to handle execution-related cases again. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Monday petitioned the high...

Justices order court records unsealed in Alabama execution

Jun. 24, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered court filings unsealed related to a recent execution in Alabama. Justices granted a request from NPR and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to make the court filings public without having portions blacked out. The filings...

South Dakota judge weighs execution for 27-year-old homicide

Jun. 24, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to set an execution date for a man convicted of stabbing a former co-worker to death 27 years ago during a burglary at a doughnut shop. The South Dakota Attorney General's Office argued in a recent court filing that Charles...

Rights group demands Egyptian juvenile not be executed

Jun. 21, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International is demanding that Egypt not execute a man arrested at age 17 ahead of an anticipated death sentence. The rights group released a statement Friday saying that international human rights law prohibits the use of the death penalty against people who were under 18 at the time...

Georgia puts inmate to death for man's 1996 shotgun slaying

Jun. 20, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia inmate convicted of the 1996 shotgun slaying of a man who had agreed to give him and another man a ride outside a Walmart store maintained his innocence before being put to death Thursday. Warden Benjamin Ford pronounced Marion Wilson Jr. dead at 9:52 p.m. at the state prison...

The Latest: Man at execution: 'I ain't never took a life'

Jun. 20, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia inmate for a 1996 killing (all times local): 10:15 p.m. An inmate executed by the state of Georgia for a slaying decades ago said in his last moments that he never killed anyone. From the execution chamber, 42-year-old inmate Marion...

Georgia panel delays clemency ruling for condemned man

Jun. 19, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The state parole board has delayed making a decision in a clemency hearing for a Georgia inmate set to be executed for the slaying of an off-duty prison guard. Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge of violating...

Pakistan's top court halts execution of mentally ill inmate

Jun. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A rights group says Pakistan's Supreme Court has halted the execution of a mentally ill prisoner. In a statement, the Justice Project Pakistan said Monday's court order halting the execution of Ghulam Abbas, 36, was announced by the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. The development came a...