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Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation’s third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. In […]

07/24/2014

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Executions rise worldwide in 2013

MILAN (AP) — The number of executions worldwide rose last year despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition, according to a report released Friday by an Italian anti-death penalty group. The organization Hands […]

07/18/2014

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US judge rules against California death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. The decision by U.S. District Judge […]

07/17/2014

In this Oct. 13, 1999 file photo, Ricky Bell, then warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

States look to the past for execution methods

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The disarray surrounding lethal injection in the U.S. is beginning to steer states back toward methods of execution that many had long ago deemed less humane than the needle. Tennessee jumped […]

05/23/2014

FILE - This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

White House: Oklahoma execution not done humanely

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The execution of an inmate who writhed, clenched his teeth and appeared to struggle before prison officials halted the procedure fell short of the humane standards required when the death penalty […]

04/30/2014

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday. The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the […]

04/24/2014

The lethal injection gurney in Huntsville, Texas, (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Texas finds new execution drug supply

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the […]

03/19/2014

In this handout photo from the Missouri Correctional offices, Michael Anthony Taylor of Kansas City is shown. (AP Photo/Missouri Correctional Office)

Okla. pharmacy won’t give drug for Mo. execution

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma pharmacy has agreed not to provide a drug for a scheduled execution next week in Missouri as part of a settlement with the death row inmate’s attorneys. But it’s […]

02/18/2014

Gov. Jay Inslee, center, signs legislation to help keep production of Boeing's new 777X in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national […]

02/11/2014

An electric chair which Virginia provides as an alternative to lethal injection.  (AP Photo/Virginia Department of Corrections, File)

States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of the past: firing squads, electrocutions and […]

01/28/2014

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