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Arizona refurbishes gas chamber in push to resume executions

Jun. 10, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — As it aims to resume executions after a seven-year hiatus, Arizona has refurbished its gas chamber, where the nation's last lethal-gas execution was carried out more than two decades ago before the United States rejected the brutal nature of the deaths. ...

Longest serving death row inmate in US resentenced to life

Jun. 09, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The longest serving death row inmate in the U.S. was resentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after prosecutors in Texas concluded the 71-year-old man is ineligible for execution and incompetent for retrial due to his long history of mental illness. ...

Federal judge asked to halt 2 South Carolina electrocutions

Jun. 09, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for two prisoners facing death by electrocution under South Carolina’s new capital punishment law are asking a federal judge to block their executions scheduled later this month, describing the electric chair as a particularly cruel and mutilating method of...

Man charged in triple killing ruled competent for trial

Jun. 08, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of killing two women and a child in a case that prompted a $1 million payment by the state was ruled mentally competent to stand trial on capital murder charges, news outlets reported Tuesday. While the defense had raised...

South Carolina court weighs pausing new death penalty law

Jun. 07, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge should block the executions of two men scheduled to die later this month so the court can evaluate a new law that effectively forces death row prisoners to choose to die by either electric chair or firing squad, prisoners’ attorneys argued...

2nd South Carolina inmate seeking to block electrocution

Jun. 06, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An inmate scheduled to die later this month under South Carolina's recently reworked capital punishment law is asking to take part in another inmate's federal request to block his electrocution, with his attorneys arguing that combining their cases would save the...

South Carolina inmate trying to halt June 18 execution

Jun. 04, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The inmate scheduled to be the first put to death under South Carolina's recently revamped capital punishment law has filed a last-minute request seeking to halt his execution in the electric chair, arguing that the state hasn't exhausted all methods to procure lethal...

As South Carolina execution looms, firing squad debated

May. 29, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It's been more than a decade since Randy Gardner's brother was the last U.S. inmate executed by firing squad, years the Utah man says have been filled with nightmares about what he describes as his brother's “gruesome” death. Now, Gardner is among advocates...

Maryland's governor vetoes more than a dozen measures

May. 28, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed more than a dozen measures Friday, including one aimed at creating greater transparency in emergency procurements — like the one that made headlines when Hogan confidentially purchased 500,000 COVID-19 tests from South Korea that...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 26, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

(Charleston) Post and Courier. May 24, 2021. Editorial: SC Senate wants to ground most legislative flights. House should agree We were reminded this spring of how badly legislators are abusing state planes, using them to attend conferences of...