- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent Oklahoma editorials Updated: Feb-09-16 9:15 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
- Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances Updated: Feb-08-16 9:35 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday.
- GOP to defendants: Don't spit on the prosecutor Updated: Feb-07-16 12:06 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg was delivering his closing argument in the prosecution of a man accused of spitting on prison guards when he heard a crumpling noise behind him. Moments later, a wad of paper hit his shoulder - filled with the inmate's saliva.
- Arkansas asks for oral arguments on execution challenge Updated: Feb-05-16 6:06 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Attorneys for the Arkansas attorney general's office has asked the state Supreme Court to hold oral arguments in the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling not to dismiss a constitutional challenge to an execution secrecy law.
- Condemned killer of Corpus Christi store clerk loses appeal Updated: Feb-04-16 1:53 pm
HOUSTON - A 31-year-old Corpus Christi man on death row for killing a convenience store clerk during a $1.25 robbery in 2004 has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.
- Panel defeats bill banning use of 'secret' execution drugs Updated: Feb-04-16 12:42 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs.
- Kansas Senate approves bill to lessen marijuana penalties Updated: Feb-03-16 7:15 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas would decrease penalties for first and second-time marijuana possession under a bill overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by the state Senate, though pot users still could face stiff fines and time in a county jail.
- Lacking execution drugs, Virginia eyes the electric chair Updated: Feb-03-16 5:42 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can't be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month.
- After execution, Georgia already planning for the next one Updated: Feb-03-16 5:00 pm
JACKSON, Georgia - After carrying out the execution of its oldest death row inmate this week, Georgia is already preparing for the next lethal injection.
- Texan who faced execution in neighbor's death gets life term Updated: Feb-03-16 3:30 pm
BRYAN, Texas - A Bryan man condemned for the 2007 killing of a neighbor but whose death penalty was overturned must serve life in prison without parole.
- The Latest: Oldest death row inmate in Georgia executed Updated: Feb-03-16 1:07 am
ATLANTA - The Latest on the execution of Georgia's oldest death row inmate (all times local):
- Utah bill could allow executions of human traffickers Updated: Feb-02-16 6:57 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A proposal approved by a panel of Utah lawmakers Tuesday could allow the state to execute someone convicted of human trafficking if the victim later dies because of the crime.
- Florida delays execution as state works on new system Updated: Feb-02-16 5:57 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's highest court has delayed the execution of a condemned inmate, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court found flaws in the way the state sentences people to death.
- The Latest: Florida high court delays inmate's execution Updated: Feb-02-16 4:47 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Latest on a Florida death row inmate who is scheduled to die Feb. 11 (all times local):
- Georgia set to execute former Navy sailor later this month Updated: Feb-02-16 2:23 pm
ATLANTA - A former Navy crewman convicted of killing a fellow sailor in Georgia is scheduled to be executed later this month, state corrections officials said Tuesday.
- The Latest: Parole board denies clemency for Georgia inmate Updated: Feb-01-16 7:59 pm
ATLANTA - The Latest on legal challenges filed by a Georgia death row inmate who's scheduled to die this week. All times local:
- Legislators consider testimony on sexting bill Updated: Feb-01-16 7:01 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators heard testimony Monday on a House bill that would create new penalties for transmitting and possessing nude photos of children between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.
- Texas executes man for fatally shooting game warden Updated: Jan-27-16 8:34 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas man was executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting a game warden nine years ago during a shootout after a 90-minute chase that began when he was suspected of poaching.
- The Latest: Texas executes man who fatally shot game warden Updated: Jan-27-16 8:24 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Latest on the execution of James Freeman for the slaying of a Texas game warden (all times local):
- Mississippi could debate firing squad as execution method Updated: Jan-27-16 7:18 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's attorney general said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution in case the state is prevented from giving lethal injections.
- Ohio bill would spare severely mentally ill from execution Updated: Jan-27-16 7:35 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.
- Amended complaint filed over Arizona's execution process Updated: Jan-26-16 8:10 pm
PHOENIX - Lawyers for seven death-row inmates have filed an amended complaint against the Arizona Department of Corrections over its lethal injection practices.
- Task force recommends how to cut US prisoner count by 60,000 Updated: Jan-26-16 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion in the coming years.
- Amnesty: Dozens of juvenile offenders face death in Iran Updated: Jan-25-16 7:21 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dozens of people who were arrested in Iran for crimes committed before they turned 18 remain at risk of the death penalty despite recent reforms, with many having already spent years on death row, according to a report by Amnesty International released Tuesday.
- 2 more death row inmates await execution dates amid probe Updated: Jan-25-16 4:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Monday to wait to set execution dates for two more death row inmates until a grand jury finishes its closed-door investigation into drug mix-ups during the state's last two lethal injections.