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Stories with subject: Criminal punishment
  • Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:04 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.

  • 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.

  • Woman qualifies for execution in hammer killing 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:53 pm
  • PHOENIX - Jurors decided Monday that an Arizona woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer qualifies for the death penalty because she carried out the killing in a cruel way.

  • Gov. Deal signs prisoner re-entry bill into law 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 3:40 pm
  • GAINESVILLE, Georgia - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law on Sunday that is aimed at reducing recidivism among ex-offenders and helping them successfully re-enter society.

  • Death row inmates ask for stop to executions 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 8:22 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Two Oklahoma death row inmates asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to halt their executions pending a review of the "veil of secrecy" that prevents them from learning who made the drugs that are set to be used to kill them this month.

  • 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.

  • Supreme Court denies appeal of man to be executed 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 12:38 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Supreme Court denied an appeal for a man scheduled to be executed April 23 for killing his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent him from testifying in a burglary case.

  • Senate authorizes electric chair for executions 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:13 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee Senate has voted to allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs cannot be obtained.

  • Gov signs Idaho's Justice Reinvestment legislation 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:38 pm
  • BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a new law that proponents hope will reduce the state's high incarceration rate and save money on prison spending.

  • Missouri sets execution date for Russell Bucklew 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 3:17 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set a May execution date for convicted killer Russell Bucklew, continuing a trend of scheduling one execution per month.

  • Ex-Marine guilty of murder, could face execution 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:28 pm
  • McLEAN, Virginia - An ex-Marine was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of a fellow service member, and now faces a possible death sentence for what prosecutors say was just one among a series of violent, stalking attacks on young women in northern Virginia.

  • Walker signs package of anti-heroin bills 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 7:25 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin law enforcement groups are applauding the governor's signing of seven bills that aim to target the state's heroin epidemic, with some officials saying the package's best attribute is that it involves less, not more, punishment for drug users.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Death-row serial killer claims Illinois killing 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 6:04 pm
  • CARLYLE, Illinois - A serial killer nearing execution in Texas for fatally stabbing a girl in 1999 has been linked to 22 killings while claiming dozens more in various states. But Tommy Lynn Sells' taking credit for a killing in Illinois may have helped spared that victim's mother from prison.

  • Death row inmate Nickolus Johnson granted stay 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:28 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A death row inmate who was scheduled to die later this month has been given a stay of execution.

  • 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.

  • Brown open to fine-tuning criminal justice changes 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:54 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma reveals drugs it will use in executions 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:51 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma on Tuesday revealed the combination of drugs it plans to use to execute two men later this month - a mix that's been used by just one other state.

  • High court won't set execution date for inmate 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 7:28 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court says it will not set an execution date for death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford until it rules on Crawford's pending appeal in a separate rape case.

  • Woman on Mississippi's death row gets new trial 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 5:40 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband, a rare order for a prisoner awaiting execution.

  • Woman on Mississippi's death row gets new trial 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 5:20 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - A death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband will get a new trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • 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.

  • EXCHANGE: Program looks to change criminals 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 8:49 am
  • BLOOMINGTON, Illinois - Gary Brown knows his chances of staying out of jail hinge on his ability to change his own mind about criminal behavior.