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Amnesty International urges Malaysia to end death penalty

Oct. 10, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International urged Malaysia's government on Thursday to keep its promise to abolish the death penalty, saying unfair trials and the use of harsh treatment to obtain confessions put people at risk of execution. The rights group released details of nearly two years of...

Supreme Court won't review death sentence of Alabama inmate

Oct. 7, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it won't review the case of an Alabama death row inmate who argued his sentence is unconstitutional because a judge imposed it over the will of a jury. The high court said Monday it won't hear Mario Dion Woodward's case. Woodward was convicted of fatally shooting...

Missouri executes killer despite concern about painful death

Oct. 1, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday for killing a man in 1996 in a string of violence that included several other crimes, despite concerns that the prisoner's rare medical condition would cause a gruesome lethal injection. Russell Bucklew was put to death at the state prison in Bonne...

The Latest: Missouri executes inmate with medical condition

Oct. 1, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Russell Bucklew in Missouri (all times local): 6:48 p.m. A Missouri inmate has been executed for killing a man in 1996 in a string of violence that included several other crimes, despite concerns that the prisoner's rare medical condition would cause a...

Tennessee governor hands-off as AG moves for more executions

Sep. 26, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor is refraining from weighing in on the attorney general's request to schedule executions for nine death-row prisoners and restore a 10th inmate's death sentence. Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday that it is Attorney General Herbert Slatery's prerogative to...

Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

Sep. 25, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the slayings of 9-year-old...

The Latest: Texas executes man for killing 2 stepsons

Sep. 25, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a Texas inmate condemned for fatally stabbing his two stepsons (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A Texas death row inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled has been executed for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in their...

Attorneys fear Missouri inmate faces 'grotesque' execution

Sep. 24, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri death row inmate with a rare medical condition say the tracheostomy tube he relies on to breathe increases the risk of a "grotesque execution process" if he is put to death as scheduled Oct. 1. Clemency from Gov. Mike Parson may be the last hope for 51-year-old...

Court won't block death penalty trials despite moratorium

Sep. 11, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block death penalty cases from proceeding during Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions. The justices rejected defense attorneys' arguments that jurors can't realistically gauge the seriousness of imposing a death sentence if...

Pennsylvania high court asked to throw out death penalty

Sep. 11, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to outlaw the death penalty because of what critics call the cruel and arbitrary way it's applied to poor and black defendants. More than half of the 441 death sentences handed down since the death penalty was reinstated in the late...