Nation Topics - Death Penalty
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Americans are rejecting capital punishment in greater numbers than ever before.
American support for the death penalty is flagging. So why did some candidates make it an election issue?
Witnesses whose false testimony sent Troy Davis to death row are now trying to do the right thing. Will Georgia?
Would Illinois rather keep an innocent man behind bars than admit a mistake?
Now that New Mexico has ditched the death penalty, not much will change--except for the worse.
As executions resume in the wake of a Supreme Court decision, we are reminded that a life cannot be willfully ended without violence.
After years of performing executions at a pace that scares the bejesus out of the civilized world, Texas has put the brakes on its machine as the Supreme Court considers lethal injection.
History sheds no new light on their guilt or innocence. But it does make clear that their trial and execution was an unjust and intolerable act of barbarism.
The latest Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty will give prosecutors huge latitude to pick jurors who enthusiastically embrace capital punishment.
Billy Sothern, member of the legal team that represented Patrick Kennedy, convicted of child rape, in a landmark Supreme Court death penalty decision this week, explained the issues at stake in this 2007 essay.