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Stories with subject: Death penalty controversy
  • Hungary seeks EU debate about restoring death penalty 
    Updated: May-05-15 11:10 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - A debate about restoring the death penalty has been a recurring issue with Hungary's prime minister since a 2002 bank robbery in which eight people were murdered.

  • Conservative Nebraska looks at abolishing death penalty story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 10:29 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - There's not a lot of sympathy for the 11 men on death row in Nebraska, but spurred by frustration about the growing difficulty and cost of carrying out executions, lawmakers are considering eliminating the death penalty.

  • 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.

  • Texas inmate facing execution wins reprieve from state judge story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 10:28 pm

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas judge on Tuesday halted the execution of an inmate convicted of stabbing a corrections officer to death more than 15 years ago.

  • UN chief appeals to Indonesia to stop planned executions 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 5:07 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. chief is appealing to Indonesia to stop the planned executions of nine foreigners and one local who were convicted for drug crimes.

  • Frenchman's execution in Indonesia may be suspended 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 1:14 pm

    PARIS - France is stepping up efforts to save the life a Frenchman facing a firing squad in Indonesia on drug charges, amid signs that his execution may be suspended.

  • Court again refuses to stop Texas execution next week 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 5:28 pm

    HOUSTON - A federal appeals court has refused for the second time in as many days to stop the scheduled execution next week of a man condemned for fatally stabbing a Texas corrections officer more than 15 years ago.

  • Bill would add firing squad to S. Carolina execution methods 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 2:20 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A proposal introduced in South Carolina on Wednesday would add death by firing squad to the state's list of approved execution methods.

  • Death penalty protest marks return of marathon bomber trial 
    Updated: Apr-21-15 6:04 pm

    BOSTON - Death penalty opponents are renewing their calls for mercy as the federal trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters the penalty phase.

  • Suit says Mississippi lethal injections are unconstitutional 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 6:07 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Two Mississippi prisoners condemned to death are challenging the legality of the state's lethal injection procedures.

  • More marathon survivors ask that bomber not face execution 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 7:34 am

    BOSTON - A married couple who lost limbs in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack has joined the family of an 8-year-old victim in opposing the death penalty for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

  • Oklahoma governor signs bill allowing nitrogen in executions 
    Updated: Apr-17-15 7:37 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma became the first U.S. state to approve nitrogen gas for executions under a measure Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Friday that provides an alternative death penalty method if lethal injections aren't possible, either because of a court ruling or a drug shortage.

  • Ricketts: Nebraska judicious in use of death penalty 
    Updated: Apr-17-15 4:08 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Gov. Pete Ricketts argued Friday that Nebraska has remained judicious in its use of the death penalty and said he was working to reinstate capital punishment after the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expired.

  • Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table story has photos
    Updated: Apr-17-15 11:26 am

    BOSTON - The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case.

  • Expert: Ga. execution drug problem cause by low temperature 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 6:11 pm

    ATLANTA - A problem with a lethal injection drug that caused the last-minute postponement of an execution in Georgia was likely caused by shipping and storing the drug at a temperature that was too low, according to an analysis by a pharmaceutical expert.

  • Fate of execution secrecy bill may await high court's ruling 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 3:40 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina legislators may await a U.S. Supreme Court decision before voting on a bill that prison officials say will help them secure a drug they need for an inmate's execution.

  • South Carolina execution secrecy bill may await court ruling 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 3:02 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina legislators may await a U.S. Supreme Court decision before voting on a bill that prison officials say will help them secure a drug they need for an inmate's execution.