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Stories with subject: Death penalty controversy
  • Man convicted in 1985 cult killings dies in Nebraska prison 
    Updated: May-25-15 1:41 pm

    TECUMSEH, Nebraska - A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday.

  • Death penalty foes see Nebraska vote as momentum-builder 
    Updated: May-24-15 9:59 am

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - With Nebraska on the brink of outlawing the death penalty, opponents of capital punishment hope this week's veto-override vote in the Legislature will build momentum for their cause in other Republican states.

  • Ricketts appeals to public to keep death penalty in Nebraska 
    Updated: May-22-15 8:10 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts turned to the public Friday to try to crack the veto-proof majority of lawmakers that voted to abolish the death penalty, urging residents to contact their senators and voice support for capital punishment.

  • Nebraska lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 5:37 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law.

  • Nevada lawmakers approve money for execution chamber in Ely 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:57 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers on Wednesday approved spending about $860,000 on a new execution chamber at the remote Ely State Prison, the maximum security facility in eastern Nevada where the state's death row inmates are held.

  • Jury silent after sentencing Boston marathon bomber to death story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 2:29 pm

    BOSTON - The jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are lying low after months of being center stage in one of the most closely watched terror trials in the post-9/11 era.

  • Condemned Mississippi inmate wants mental health hearing 
    Updated: May-19-15 2:56 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Attorneys for a Mississippi death row inmate are asking the state Supreme Court to order a hearing on his mental health as a possible step toward overturning his conviction.

  • Poland makes payout to alleged victims of CIA renditions story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 11:49 am

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country - prompting outrage among many here who feel they are being punished for American wrongdoing.

  • Texas obtains new supply of pentobarbital for execution use 
    Updated: May-14-15 6:01 pm

    HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has purchased a new supply of drugs that will allow the prison agency to at least carry out two executions scheduled for June, officials said Thursday.

  • Ohio bill would bar execution of the seriously mentally ill 
    Updated: May-13-15 5:46 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio proposal would ban the execution of killers who had a serious mental illness at the time they committed the offense.

  • Death penalty repeal bill fails to clear House committee 
    Updated: May-13-15 3:39 pm

    A bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty failed to clear a House committee Wednesday after winning narrow passage in the Senate, the same fate suffered by similar legislation two years ago.

  • Houston man convicted of killing 3 put to death story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 8:07 pm

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday for the killings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather nearly 13 years ago in Houston.

  • Texas Senate OKs keeping execution drug suppliers secret 
    Updated: May-11-15 8:43 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The identity of Texas' lethal drug supplier would remain confidential under a measure the Republican-controlled state Senate gave initial approval to Monday - a move that rebuffs calls to lift the secrecy over execution drugs in the nation's busiest death chamber.

  • US defends record before top UN human rights body 
    Updated: May-11-15 9:01 am

    BERLIN - The United States heard widespread concern Monday over excessive use of force by law-enforcement officials against minorities as it faced the U.N.'s main human rights body for a review of its record.

  • What's next in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber 
    Updated: May-08-15 12:11 pm

    BOSTON - The trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is winding down after months of testimony about the deadly 2013 attack. Jurors have seen gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the bombings and heard tearful stories from survivors. They've also listened to teachers and family members describe Tsarnaev as a kind, caring child who grew up in a dysfunctional family. Soon, the jury will begin deliberating his punishment: life in prison or the death penalty. Here's what's next in the trial:

  • Prominent Iranian human rights activist is detained story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 11:29 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - One of Iran's most prominent human rights activists, Narges Mohammadi, has been arrested by state security forces and detained in Tehran's Evin Prison, her husband said Wednesday.

  • Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 1:16 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation.

  • Pope stokes flames ahead of US trip even as he ends problems 
    Updated: May-01-15 8:05 am

    VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit.

  • Manufacturer asks Oklahoma to return any execution drugs 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 10:20 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The Illinois-based manufacturer of a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection process is asking the state to return any supplies it may have obtained and not to use its products to execute prisoners.

  • Hungary says no plans to restore death penalty 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 12:04 pm

    BRUSSELS - The Hungarian government said Thursday it has no plans to restore the death penalty after European Union leaders warned that Prime Minister Viktor Orban would be in for "a fight" if he considered sidestepping a cornerstone of the EU's fundamental rights.

  • Australian opposition to capital punishment questioned 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:53 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's political opposition accused the government of winding back the country's rejection of the death penalty during a heated debate Thursday following Indonesia's execution of two Australian drug traffickers.

  • More medical workers can monitor executions in NC House bill 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 11:53 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The North Carolina House agreed Wednesday night to expand the list of medical professionals who can monitor executions carried out by state prison officials.

  • Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.

  • Australia wary of escalating rift after Indonesia executions story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 2:04 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia said it would withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia after two Australians were among eight drug traffickers executed by the Southeast Asian country Wednesday, but was wary of escalating hostilities with its neighbor despite a public outcry.

  • UN rights office: Indonesia executions 'incomprehensible' 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 5:14 am

    BERLIN - The U.N. human rights office has criticized Indonesia's decision to execute eight people convicted of drug smuggling.