Nation Topics - Death Penalty
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Both Justices Breyer and Ginsburg indicated that they view the death penalty as unconstitutional. Could three more justices agree with them in the near future?
Four soon-to-be-decided cases test the scope and application of the death penalty.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a federal jury in a state that firmly repudiates capital punishment.
Let’s fight for the right to make horrible mistakes, but remain in the realm of the living.
The “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett should shatter the illusion that lethal injection is neither cruel nor unusual.
As an investigative journalism student, I helped uncover proof that should have cleared Anthony McKinney’s name. Instead, he died in prison.
When a prisoner faces the execution chamber four times in one year, is it not cruel and unusual punishment?
As Kimberly McCarthy was put to death—the 500th Texas prisoner executed since 1982—protesters and crime victims alike came to bear witness.
“I killed the thing that almost killed me,” said Kirk Bloodsworth, who faced execution in Maryland, the latest state to outlaw capital punishment.
Witnesses say they saw Timothy McKinney shoot an off-duty police officer in 1997. But their stories have changed—and the DA’s office has been caught hiding evidence in death penalty trials.