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SC gov signs bill banning shackling of pregnant inmates

May. 22, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill banning jails and prisons from using leg, waist and ankle restraints on pregnant women and women in labor, news outlets reported. “People go to prison as punishment, not for punishment.” McMaster said during the signing...

This undated photo provided by the Escambia County Jail shows inmate Mark Lua, a former Florida high school teacher was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, for sexually abusing students after the judge ignored his request to be castrated instead.The 32-year-old former English teacher pleaded guilty last year to sexual assault charges involving current and former students.  (Escambia County Jail via AP)

Florida teacher sought castration not prison, gets 12 years

May. 21, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida high school teacher was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing students after the judge ignored his request to be castrated instead. Mark Lua, 32, told Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser on Wednesday that he wanted to raise his daughter and would...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo provided by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton, convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager in 1991. The pause in U.S. executions during the coronavirus pandemic likely will end Tuesday, May 19, 2020, with the scheduled lethal injection of Barton. Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Monday, May 18, 2020, that he had not heard anything to make him reconsider the execution, which he said would “move forward as scheduled.” (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Missouri carries out 1st US execution since pandemic began

May. 19, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday for fatally stabbing an 81-year-old woman nearly three decades ago, the first U.S. execution since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Walter Barton, 64, had long maintained he was innocent of killing Gladys Kuehler, and...

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Wyoming death-penalty case

May. 19, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of what was Wyoming's lone inmate on death row, possibly clearing the way for his execution. Prosecutors plan to ask that Dale Wayne Eaton, 75, be put to death for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell in 1988. The...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, released by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton, convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager nearly three decades ago now faces execution in May. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 13, 2020, set a May 19, execution date for Barton (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Appeals court clears way for execution of Missouri inmate

May. 18, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for a Missouri death row inmate to be executed Tuesday and ordered his petition for post-conviction relief dismissed, despite questions raised about evidence used to convict him. The Sunday decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, is the main entryway leading into San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California's juvenile and adult prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also as a philosophy. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California governor: Shrink prisons to help cut budget

May. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California's prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also because of philosophy. The revised budget he sent to state lawmakers this week envisions closing two state...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, provided by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton, convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager in 1991. Barton, scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, was given a 30-day reprieve Friday, May 15 when a federal court said it needed more time to consider issues raised by his attorneys. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Federal court grants Missouri inmate 30-day execution stay

May. 15, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate scheduled to be executed next week was given a 30-day reprieve Friday when a federal court said it needed more time to consider issues raised by the man's attorneys. Walter Barton, 64, was scheduled to die by injection Tuesday in the killing of 81-year-old trailer...

Oregon Department of Corrections to eliminate death row

May. 15, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Department of Corrections officials said Friday the agency will eliminate the state’s death row area of incarceration. Death row inmates live largely together in a unit at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Prisons officials said in...

FILE - This July 7, 2010, file photo shows Nebraska's lethal injection chamber at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Neb.  Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court ruled Friday, May 15, 2020, as it ordered the documents to be disclosed for public scrutiny. (AP Photo/Nate Jenkins, File)

Nebraska court orders disclosure of execution drug records

May. 15, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court said Friday in a ruling that could threaten Nebraska's ability to carry out executions for the dozen men on its death row. In...

Man convicted of killing 11 women loses latest appeal

May. 14, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man sentenced to die for killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home has lost his latest attempt to overturn his conviction and death sentence. In a ruling issued Thursday, a three-judge panel with the 8th District Court of Appeals unanimously held that...