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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.

As the US Attorney purge scandal intensifies, new light is shed on federal prosecutors' struggles with the Justice Department over the death penalty.

The time has come for the US to join the rest of civilized nations and abolish capital punishment.

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Probes of the (especially) cruel one that did go down are now underway. 

April 30, 2014

Clayton D. Lockett reacted “violently” to an untested combination of drugs Tuesday before succumbing to a heart attack.

April 30, 2014

Researchers found that about one in twenty-five of people sentenced to death are likely innocent.

April 29, 2014

A state legislator wants to impeach the five justices who granted a state of execution for two death row inmates earlier this week.

April 24, 2014

Republican Governor Mary Fallin is defying a state Supreme Court order staying the executions of two men.

April 23, 2014

The Racial Justice Act allowed death row inmates to challenge their sentences if they believed race played a significant role.

April 14, 2014

“Americans support the death penalty, but don’t want to know how the sausage is made."

April 3, 2014

The State Supreme Court decision reverses Byrom's capital murder conviction for conspiring to kill her husband, a crime her son confessed to.

April 1, 2014

Transparency and civil rights advocates win two victories in a growing battle over anonymous suppliers.

March 27, 2014

UPDATE: Michelle Byrom was not executed on March 27. The Mississippi Supreme Court is reviewing a post-conviction motion to review evidence in her case.

March 26, 2014