Latest Death penalty controversy News

Justices seem set to revive marathon bomber's death sentence

Oct. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded ready Wednesday to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In more than 90 minutes of arguments, the court's six conservative justices seemed likely to embrace the Biden...

Man sues Oklahoma for records as state resumes executions

Oct. 13, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A retired New York attorney is suing the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, saying its claim to have no records pertaining to the drugs it plans to use in upcoming executions “defies belief.” Fred Hodara, who filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in...

Texas executions face delays over religious rights claims

Oct. 09, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Executions in the nation’s busiest capital punishment state face delays amid legal questions over Texas’ refusal to allow spiritual advisers to touch inmates and pray aloud as condemned individuals are being put to death. It’s unclear when Texas may...

Sister of slain Utah woman powerful anti-death penalty voice

Oct. 09, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sharon Wright Weeks’ face darkened and her eyes brimmed with tears when she began to describe a bone-chilling sound that haunts her every time she hears the name Ron Lafferty. “I’ve never heard anything like it before, and I haven’t heard...

Marathon bomber faces revived death sentence in high court

Oct. 09, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will try to persuade the Supreme Court this week to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by arguing that a jury had no need to examine evidence that the government itself relied on at an earlier phase...

Oregon court ruling could eliminate death penalty for many

Oct. 07, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court struck down the death sentence of an inmate in a ruling Thursday that found lawmakers had fundamentally altered “prevailing societal standards” for executions with a 2019 law change. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports ...

Divided court upholds death sentence for man who killed 4

Oct. 07, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The brutal killing of four people, including an 8-year-old child, justified the death sentence for an Ohio man and outweighed evidence presented on his behalf including a variety of mental health diagnoses, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. ...

Catholic bishops urge Missouri leaders to end executions

Oct. 07, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

Leaders of the four Roman Catholic dioceses in Missouri are urging state leaders to end the use of the death penalty, after a convicted killer of three was executed despite a request for clemency from the pope. Ernest Johnson was executed Tuesday evening, the first...

Missouri man executed for killing 3 workers in '94 robbery

Oct. 05, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was put to death Tuesday for killing three workers while robbing a convenience store nearly three decades ago, an execution performed over objections from racial justice activists, lawmakers and even the pope. Ernest Johnson died...

Missouri governor denies clemency to death row inmate

Oct. 04, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday declined to grant clemency to death row inmate Ernest Johnson, despite requests for mercy from the pope, two federal lawmakers and thousands of petition signers. Johnson, 61, was convicted of killing three convenience store workers...