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Stories with subject: Death penalty controversy
  • Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:59 pm
  • The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media.

  • State Senate upholds death penalty; 1 on death row 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:54 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - After months of emotional debate, New Hampshire's Senate on Thursday voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty.

  • How NH senators voted on death penalty repeal 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:49 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Senate voted 12-12 Thursday on a measure to repeal the death penalty, meaning the repeal effort failed. Here's how individual senators voted. A "yes" vote is in favor of repeal.

  • Death penalty abolitionists to protest executions 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:47 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Death penalty abolitionists and others who seek to end the death penalty will protest the executions of two death-row inmates on the days of their executions.

  • Measure to allow electric chair in Tenn. 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:31 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee could electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable under legislation that's headed for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

  • New Hampshire death penalty repeal fails by 1 vote 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:13 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty.

  • Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:09 pm
  • HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.

  • Miss. death row inmate challenges rape conviction 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:55 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court has set out a timetable for attorneys for a death row inmate to file briefs by late May supporting his appeal of a 1994 rape conviction.

  • Ohio justice: Division over death penalty expected 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:58 am
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Divisions were to be expected on a panel that spent more than two years studying capital punishment in the state, the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court said as the group wraps up its work.

  • Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:34 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber.

  • UN expert urges Iran to halt woman's execution 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:23 am
  • GENEVA - A United Nations human rights investigator is urging Iran to stop the planned execution of a woman said to be the victim of a sexual assault over concerns that she didn't receive a fair trial.

  • 1987 slaying of Ill. family unsolved, haunting 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 2:13 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - More than a quarter century later, the grisly, unsolved slaughter of Joeann Dardeen's son, his pregnant wife and their young son in southern Illinois still haunts her.

  • Anti-death penalty group to honor Okla. legislator 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:19 am
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - An anti-death penalty group plans to honor an Oklahoma lawmaker who filed legislation to study Oklahoma's use of capital punishment.

  • Judge allows Texas to keep execution drug secret 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:02 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge allowed state prison officials on Thursday to keep the identity of a new execution drug supplier secret despite new challenges to the state's claim that making the name public could put the company in danger.

  • Future is unclear for report on Ohio death penalty 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:28 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's capital punishment law would look much different if all recommendations from a committee studying it were put in place, death penalty supporters and opponents said Thursday while disagreeing with the proposals' ultimate impact.

  • Secrecy surrounds execution drugs in most states 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 11:55 am
  • ST. LOUIS - Dating to the days when the guillotine operator or the hangman wore a mask, a certain amount of anonymity has always surrounded executions. But that secrecy is increasingly coming under fire, with judges, death penalty opponents and lawyers questioning why so little can be known about a state's most solemn responsibility.

  • AG candidate: death penalty for corrupt lawmakers 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 8:08 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty.

  • Judge: Lawsuit on Missouri executions may continue 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 5:26 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to move forward that challenges Missouri's refusal to provide the name of the pharmacy where it acquired the drug for executions.

  • Many bills die on last day of Alabama Legislature 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 9:50 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Dozens of bills died when the Alabama Legislature ended its 2014 session Thursday, including one to rewrite Alabama's open meetings law and another the state prison system said was needed to resume executions in Alabama.

  • Appeals court: 1 Texas execution back on schedule 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 9:13 pm
  • HOUSTON - A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution.

  • Texas appeals halt of executions over drug secrecy 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:46 pm
  • HOUSTON - The Texas attorney general's office tells an appeals court that a federal judge improperly halted the scheduled executions of two inmates until prison officials disclose details on the supplier of a new batch of drugs to be used to kill them.

  • Death row inmates dying of natural causes 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 3:29 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Many inmates awaiting execution on Tennessee's death row never make it to the execution chamber.

  • Lawyer: 'State will have to kill me' before client 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 12:51 pm
  • HARTFORD, Connecticut - A Connecticut public defender vowed the state will have to kill her before she allows it to execute her client in a triple murder case she said never should have gone to trial because the defendant is mentally ill.

  • Ark. AG hopeful calls for return of electric chair 
    Updated: Mar-30-14 2:13 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

  • La. loses round in execution drug disclosure case 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 7:23 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court Thursday refused to block a lower court's order requiring the state to provide a condemned killer with information about the seller and maker of drugs the state uses in executions.