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Texas’s Death-Penalty System Is a Travesty. Joseph Garcia Is Proof. The death penalty in America is marked by its racism and ineptitude. In Texas on Tuesday, a man will be killed in one of its more absurd applications.
Tennessee Man Is First U.S. Inmate Killed By Electric Chair in Five Years Edmund Zagorski chose to die in the electric chair to avoid the pain of lethal injection.
Washington Supreme Court Declares State Too Racist to Kill People “The death penalty, as administered in our state, fails to serve any legitimate penological goal.”
California Democrats Endorse de León Over Feinstein Feinstein remains the favorite, but the party endorsement keeps de León alive, with the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings taking on a new dimension.
Trump Opioids Plan to Include Good Ideas — Also, Executing Drug Dealers The president’s long-awaited plan (reportedly) includes evidence-based reforms — and the death penalty for drug dealers.
Trump’s Latest Idea for Solving the Opioid Crisis Is Executing Drug Dealers After advocating for the idea in private, Trump is going public with the maniacal plan.
Florida Executes Murderer With Drug Never Before Used in Lethal Injections Convicted killer Mark James Asay lost his last appeal, and was executed on Thursday night.
Gorsuch’s Arrival at SCOTUS Lethal for Arkansas Death-Row Inmates The new Justice was the deciding vote that allowed Arkansas’s breakneck schedule of lethal injections to proceed.
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas’s Execution Spree The state will appeal the ruling, but may not be able to get its controversial execution schedule back on track.
Drug Companies Join Effort to Stop Arkansas Execution Spree The companies say the state broke rules to obtain the drugs, which are not supposed to be used in executions.
Arkansas to Execute 7 Men in 11 Days As Lethal Drug Nears Expiration The inmates have sued, calling the rapid pace of executions reckless and unconstitutional.
Pakistan Is Going to Execute a Schizophrenic Man It would be nice to say that the American justice system would never do something like this. It would also be false.
After Prior Failure, GOP Tries Attacking Tim Kaine on Death Penalty Again It backfired when his gubernatorial opponent trotted it out a decade ago.
Is Oklahoma About to Execute an Innocent Man? Richard Glossip didn’t kill his boss, and the case against him relies on the testimony of the man who did.
SCOTUS: Death-Row Inmates Must Pick Their Poison In an explosive 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma’s lethal-injection protocol. And Breyer invites a constitutional challenge to the death penalty.
Will Republicans Follow Nebraska and Give Up the Death Penalty? Nebraska just became the first red state in 40 years to ban capital punishment, a sign that conservative rationale against the practice may be taking hold.
Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to End Death Penalty It’s the first conservative state to do so since 1973.
Testimony Hints Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Feels Remorse An anti-death-penalty advocate and nun testified that Tsarnaev told her the Boston Marathon bombing victims did not deserve “to suffer like they did.”
Expert Witness Isn’t Expert at Internet Research The Supreme Court gets ready to debate lethal injection.
Will a Catholic City Put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Death? The sentencing phase of the trial highlights the changing relationship between American Catholics and the death penalty.
Richard Family Opposes Death Penalty for Bomber “We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.”
Firing Squads Now Legal in Utah Other state legislatures are now eager to debate the issue, too.
Supreme Court Delays 3 Executions in Oklahoma As the court weighs the use of the controversial drug midazolam.
Executed Oklahoma Man Said Drugs Felt Like His Body Was ‘On Fire’ In the state’s first execution after a horrendously botched one in April.
Oklahoma Resumes Lethal Injections After Lockett Charles F. Warner is supposed to be executed Thursday night.
Aurora Shooter’s Parents Plead for His Life: ‘He Is Not a Monster’ They say letting the case go to trial would only cause “additional trauma.”
Utah Wants the Right to Shoot You to Death Which, actually, may be a tad more humane than lethal injection.
Pope Francis Shades U.S. Over Prisons, Torture “A sentence of life is a hidden death penalty,” he said.
Oklahoma Promises to Stop Botching Executions Or maybe we just won’t be around to see it happen.
Two Death-Row Inmates Are Scheduled for Execution This Week The first since Clayton Lockett’s botched lethal injection.
Tennessee Brings Back the Electric Chair In case lethal injections become unavailable.
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Panel Calls for One-Drug Lethal Injections Unlike the three used in last week’s botched execution.
Botched Death Shows Problems of Lethal Injection The botched death of an Oklahoma inmate reveals our failed attempt to make capital punishment less abhorrent.