Latest Criminal punishment News

Kentucky court considers whether to raise death penalty age

Sep. 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a case Thursday revolving around whether the death penalty should apply to defendants who committed their crimes between the ages of 18 and 21. The case reached the high court after a lower court judge ruled that applying the death penalty to such...

Arkansas court won't let judge hear execution cases again

Sep. 19, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it won't allow a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug to resume hearing execution cases. The court rejected the request by Pulaski County Circuit...

Arkansas attorney general wants judge barred from her cases

Sep. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to reassign cases involving her office from a judge who has been prohibited from handling execution cases, accusing him of regularly being biased against her staff. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Tuesday...

US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Texas executes man who killed woman during spate of crimes

Sep. 10, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an eight-day spate of crimes that included thefts and another killing. Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, received a lethal injection at the state...

The Latest: Texas executes inmate for 2010 killing of woman

Sep. 10, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a Texas inmate for the shooting death of a woman during a spate of crimes (all times local): 6:40 p.m. A Texas death row inmate has been executed for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an...

Man facing federal death penalty seeks to halt execution

Sep. 10, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a federal prisoner scheduled to be put to death in December want a federal appeals court to halt his execution so they can interview jurors who heard his case. Lezmond Mitchell's attorneys said Tuesday that they filed the request for a stay with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

Harris seeks end to executions, cash bail, private prisons

Sep. 9, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose record as a prosecutor has been under scrutiny since she entered the presidential race, has unveiled a criminal justice plan that calls for abolishing the death penalty, ending cash bail and collecting more data on officer-involved shootings. Harris...

Quitting track? Semenya signs for South African soccer team

Sep. 6, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Tired, maybe, after 10 years of fighting track authorities, Caster Semenya has signed up to play with a South African soccer team. Currently banned from competing in her preferred event, the two-time Olympic 800-meter champion might now be ready to give up running in favor of a sport where she isn't forced to...

Arkansas death row inmate asks court for new DNA testing

Sep. 5, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas death row inmate who was spared from execution two years ago asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to allow new DNA testing of evidence that his attorneys say could exonerate him. Attorneys for convicted murderer Stacey Johnson and for the state appeared before the...