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Native American man seeks further delay of federal execution

Aug. 12, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for the only Native American on federal death row are asking a judge to delay his upcoming execution while they argue that the procedures should be consistent with Arizona law. Lezmond Mitchell, who is Navajo, is set to be put to death on Aug. 26 at the federal prison in...

File - In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, Jonathan Nez addresses a crowd after he was sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of fellow tribe member Lezmond Mitchell to life in prison. Nez cited the tribe's longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31, 2020, letter to Trump. Mitchell is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

Navajo Nation president asks Trump to commute death sentence

Aug. 11, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of a Navajo man convicted in the 2001 killing of a fellow tribal member and her 9-year-old granddaughter. Nez cited the tribe’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31...

Lorinda Lacy, 45, stands outside her party store painted with a mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Lacy moved out of Watts 20 years ago because she didn't want her daughters to grow up with the trauma she experienced as a girl. She said she eventually became

55 years after riots, Watts section of LA still bears scars

Aug. 10, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were no fires this time in Watts. There was no looting, no shooting and no National Guard troops patrolling. Protesters filled the streets around the country in late May and June following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, demanding an end to police brutality. There...

This photo provided by attorney Kelley Henry shows Pervis Payne. A district attorney in Tennessee said Thursday, July 30, 2020 that she is fighting a request by the inmate facing execution in December to have a judge order DNA testing of evidence in his case. Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich said a bag of evidence reviewed by Payne's lawyers in an evidence property room last year came from a different case that has nothing to do with the 1987 stabbings of a woman and her daughter for which Payne was convicted and sentenced to death. (Kelley Henry via AP)

Condemned Tennessee inmate pushes for DNA tests in his case

Aug. 7, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in December continued to push Friday for DNA testing of the evidence in his case, arguing that would exonerate him. Pervis Payne, 53, has always maintained his innocence in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

FILE - In this July 17, 2020 file photo the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., is shown. Anti-death penalty activists Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, asked a judge to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing the roadblocks set up unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters' free-speech rights. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Anti-death penalty groups sue, say roadblocks impede speech

Aug. 4, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

Anti-death penalty activists asked a judge in a Tuesday lawsuit to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing that the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights. ...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020, file photo the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., is shown. The Justice Department scheduled two additional federal executions on Friday, July 31, an announcement that comes weeks after it fought off last-minute legal challenges and successfully resumed federal executions following a 17-year pause. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Justice Department schedules 2 additional federal executions

Jul. 31, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department scheduled two additional federal executions on Friday, an announcement that comes weeks after it fought off last-minute legal challenges and successfully resumed federal executions following a 17-year pause. The executions of Christopher Andre Vialva and William...

Execution set for sole Native American on federal death row

Jul. 29, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed in late August, the U.S. government announced Wednesday. Lezmond Mitchell, who is Navajo, had been among the first of a handful of inmates set to be put to death after the Trump administration restored federal...

Group: Egypt executes 7 convicted of killing police officer

Jul. 29, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt executed seven people convicted of killing a police officer in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, after a trial that was “marred by serious allegations of torture,” an international rights groups said Wednesday. The defendants were accused of killing the officer and the...

Former Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women inmate Stephanie Parris sits in Market Square on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Roanoke, Va. Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard she’d be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

US prison populations down 8% amid coronavirus outbreak

Jul. 24, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Stephanie Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard she’d be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19. It made her feel bad to leave when she had so few days left at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. She said she...