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Stories with subject: Death penalty controversy
  • Obama still pondering death penalty's role in justice system 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 3:46 am

    WASHINGTON - Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty.

  • Vietnam passes law abolishing death penalty for 7 crimes 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 1:45 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made.

  • Bangladesh angry over Pakistan's criticism of executions 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 8:13 am

    NEW DELHI - Bangladesh accused Pakistan on Monday of interfering in its internal affairs by criticizing the execution of two opposition leaders for alleged war crimes during the country's 1971 war of independence.

  • Family says Pakistan to execute paraplegic man within days 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 8:33 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's only paraplegic death-row inmate will be executed in the coming days at a high-security prison in the industrial city of Faisalabad, his mother and an international rights group said Saturday.

  • Bid to end California death penalty may collect signatures 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 6:45 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Death penalty opponents led by former "M-A-S-H" star Mike Farrell can begin collecting signatures for their latest attempt to repeal the ultimate penalty, increasing the chances that California voters will be faced with a choice between competing initiatives next year.

  • Georgia executes man convicted in 1994 slaying story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 11:26 pm

    JACKSON, Georgia - A man convicted of killing a woman he met at a Georgia nightclub was put to death Thursday after losing a last-minute round of appeals.

  • The Latest: Georgia man declines prayer before execution 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 10:46 pm

    JACKSON, Georgia - The latest on Thursday's execution of Georgia inmate Marcus Ray Johnson (all times local):

  • Texas man executed for setting fire that killed 3 children story has photos
    Updated: Nov-18-15 9:57 pm

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas inmate was executed Wednesday for setting a fire that killed his 18-month-old daughter and her two young half-sisters at an East Texas home 15 years ago.

  • Latest: Texas man executed for fire that killed 3 children 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 9:39 pm

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The latest on the Wednesday execution of Texas inmate Raphael Holiday (all times local):

  • Missouri executions expected to slow 
    Updated: Nov-08-15 12:15 pm

    ST. LOUIS - Eighteen convicted killers have been executed in Missouri in the last two years, a pace that is expected to slow significantly with death sentences on the decline and many of the 28 remaining death row inmates still filing appeals.

  • Board endorses prisons boss despite problematic executions story has photos
    Updated: Nov-07-15 11:43 am

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The head of Oklahoma's prison system, whose tenure has been marred by problems with three scheduled lethal injections and now a grand jury inquiry into those complications, received a vote of confidence this week from the agency's governing board.

  • Convicted serial killer's Kansas death sentence upheld 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 8:17 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court refused on Friday to remove a serial killer from death row who trolled for victims online, marking the first time the court has upheld a death sentence since Kansas reinstated capital punishment in 1994.

  • Lawyers for convicted killers seek end to death sentence 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 6:27 pm

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Lawyers for two killers convicted for the deaths of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion have asked a judge to vacate their death sentences and impose a sentence of life in prison without parole.

  • Nebraska corrections leader criticized over execution drugs story has photos
    Updated: Nov-05-15 10:47 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's corrections director faced blistering criticism Thursday for spending more than $54,000 on foreign-made lethal injection drugs the state hasn't received because the federal government says their import is illegal.

  • Missouri execution canceled pending appeals court review story has photos
    Updated: Nov-04-15 6:10 pm

    ST. LOUIS - Missouri suspended the execution Wednesday of a man convicted of killing three convenience store workers in 1994, saying courts didn't have time to quickly resolve questions raised in a last-minute ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Nebraska tried buying drug for executions from domestic firm 
    Updated: Nov-02-15 5:39 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska prison officials unsuccessfully tried to buy a key lethal injection drug from a Mississippi-based pharmaceutical company after spending months trying to import tens of thousands of dollars in execution drugs from India, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.