Latest Death penalty controversy News

Wisconsin Republicans to vote on death penalty, elections

May. 19, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans gathering for the state convention this weekend will vote on setting the party's priorities for the next year, including resolutions calling for all ballots to be hand-counted on Election Day, imposing the death penalty for people who kill police...

Lawyers: Georgia man's death sentence is unconstitutional

May. 18, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia man whose execution was put on hold by a judge this week are arguing that he is ineligible for execution because he has cognitive impairments that cause him to function like a young child or someone with intellectual disability. Lawyers for...

Belarus expands death penalty law, ups threat to opposition

May. 18, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Wednesday expanded the death penalty law to include “attempted terrorism,” in a move that could radically ramp up the government's pressure on the country's beleaguered opposition. Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a law...

EXPLAINER: Who's the Swedish doctor facing execution in Iran

May. 12, 2022 03:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vida Mehrannia is trying to save her husband’s life. Iran is scheduled to put him to death within nine days — by May 21. To Iran, the 50-year-old Ahmad Reza Jalali is a spy for Israel. To his colleagues, he is a respected physician specialized...

Tenn. expects changes to lethal injection protocol, staffing

May. 10, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they anticipate that an independent investigation of the state’s lethal injection methods will result in changes to how those executions are carried out, including how the procedures are staffed. State corrections officials made the...

Judge won't halt Arizona execution — at least for now

May. 07, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Saturday refused to halt an Arizona execution planned for Wednesday after the state provided attorneys for convicted killer Clarence Dixon with documents outlining testing done on the drug it will use, but an additional flurry of last-minute court action could...

Amnesty International: Russia must face war crimes justice

May. 06, 2022 05:57 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Amnesty International says it has documented extensive war crimes by Russian forces in communities around the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, including arbitrary executions, bombardments of residences and torture. “The pattern of crimes committed by Russian forces...

19-year-old, 3 other teens face capital murder charge

May. 04, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — A 19-year-old man and three teenagers each face a capital murder charge in the mid-March death of a Mississippi man, authorities said. The Clay County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday arrested Emerson Houston, two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, all from...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 04, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Lancaster Lancaster Online/LNP. May 3, 2022. Editorial: Both chambers of the Pa. Legislature need to make lawmakers’ expenses searchable online Why is everything the Pennsylvania General Assembly does so complicated and convoluted? The state Senate...

Execution of Missouri man just the 5th in US this year

May. 03, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

A Missouri man who killed a couple during a robbery at their rural home more than a quarter of a century ago was put to death Tuesday, becoming just the fifth person executed in the United States this year. Carman Deck, 56, died by injection at the state prison in Bonne Terre. He was...