The Execution Of Elephants And Americans

By Lee Camp, Consortium News. -

This first execution in 17 years was performed by lethal injection because hanging has a bad rep these days. It feels too Wild West, though it is carbon neutral. And electrocution has been on the [...]

End Federal Executions, Racist Death Penalty

By Gloria Rubac, -

In just four days, the U.S. government doubled the number of federal executions since Congress reauthorized the federal death penalty in 1988. Three men were put to death in the federal [...]

Gorsuch Just Handed Down The Most Bloodthirsty And Cruel Death Penalty Opinion Of The Modern Era

By Ian Millhiser, -

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Bucklew v. Precythe, which it handed down Monday on a party-line vote, is at once the most significant Eighth Amendment decision of the last several decades and the [...]

Another Christmas On Death Row (Updated)

By Robert Scheer and Kevin Cooper, Truthdig -

For the past 33 Christmas holidays, Cooper has inhabited an 11-by-4 ½-foot cell in California’s San Quentin State Prison, the last eight waiting for Brown to grant him a new hearing and advanced [...]

Washington Supreme Court Declares State’s Death Penalty Unconstitutional

By Staff, -

Finding that the death penalty "is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner," a unanimous Washington Supreme Court has struck down the state's capital-punishment statute as violating [...]

UN Resolution Condemns Use Of Death Penalty To Target LGBTQ People

By Zack Ford, -

By Zack Ford for Think Progress - The United Nations approved a resolution Friday condemning the use of the death penalty in a discriminatory fashion, including its use to punish “apostasy, [...]

Judge Who Blocked Use Of Execution Drug Protests Death Penalty

By Kim Bellware, -

By Kim Bellware for The Huffington Post - He criticized the University of Arkansas’ lack of racial diversity in 2002 and attacked President George W. Bush for the government’s response to [...]

Challenging The Death Penalty In The South

By Rebekah Barber, -

By Rebekah Barber for Facing South - "I understand this is a controversial issue but what isn't controversial is the evidence that led to my decision," Florida state prosecutor Aramis Ayala said [...]

End The Death Penalty Or Speed It Up

By Liliana Segura, -

By Liliana Segura for The Intercept - ON THE DAY a California jury sentenced 25-year-old Irving Ramirez to die, Dionne Wilson went out to a bar to celebrate. “We had a major party,” she told me. [...]

Death Penalty for Heroin Dealers?

By Maya Schenwar, -

By Maya Schenwar for Truth Out - April, former Attorney General Eric Holder told Frontline that the drug war "is over." Over the last part of his final term, President Obama has echoed that [...]

Death Penalty Is Largely Driven By A Small Number Of Overzealous Prosecutors

By Jordan Smith, -

By Jordan Smith for The Intercept - “COWBOY” BOB MACY was a legendary — and infamous — prosecutor in Oklahoma City. Elected the top law enforcer in his county five times, Macy, who died in 2011, [...]

Supreme Court Makes Slip-Up In Death Penalty Case

By Cristian Farias, -

By Cristian Farias for The Huffington Post - Evincing that things may be in a bit of disarray since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court on Monday made a misstep when agreeing [...]

Time To Kill The Death Penalty

By Bernie Horn, -

By Bernie Horn for Campaign for America's Future - The death penalty is a tragic little corner of America’s “culture wars,” where mostly Southerners insist that their moral beliefs require them [...]

Act Out! [19] – 5 Reasons To End Death Penalty; Yes We Need Feminism

By Eleanor Goldfield, -

By Eleanor Goldfield in Occupy - Hey guys, lose the catcalls, it’s O.K. to just say hi. Activists celebrate the good, the bad and the ugly for America’s 239th. We will take a good look at how [...]

Nebraska Becomes First State To Abolish Death Penalty Since 1973

By Kim Bellware, -

The days of the death penalty in Nebraska are ending. Lawmakers repealed the death penalty on Wednesday with a 30-19 vote that overrodethe veto Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed on Tuesday. [...]

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