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. It’s an election-year dilemma for Abbott. But in Texas, it’s one that Democratic rival Wendy Davis can’t easily exploit, illustrating how little room there is to maneuver on this issue. Continue reading
The case being argued Monday at the court centers on how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death, 12 years after the justices prohibited the execution of the mentally disabled.
The death penalty will be suspended in Washington state for at least the next three years, first-term governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday.
“During my term, we will not be executing people,” Inslee said during a news conference. The governor stated that he intends to issue a reprieve whenever a case comes to his office throughout the remainder of his term. However, he was clear that the reprieve would only keep the inmate in prison — not pardon the individual or commute their sentence. “Nobody is getting out of prison,” Inslee said. “Period.” Continue reading
An Ohio man on death row took more than 25 minutes to die in an execution on Thursday morning. Prison officials reportedly used a drug combination previously untested in the United States to kill Dennis McGuire, a convicted murderer and … Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, 400,000 Bay Area Rapid Transit riders will face clogged commutes this week after more than 2,000 BART employees walked off the job over pay raises and workplace rules. Also, the Supreme Court will hear a case considering how states decide who is mentally fit to face the death penalty. Continue reading
Photo by Arizona Department of Corrections Arizona’s oldest person on death row, Edward Harold Schad Jr., was executed Wednesday morning in Florence, Ariz., almost 35 years after he was charged with murder.
Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan was found guilty of premeditated murder in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting spree against unarmed soldiers that killed 13 and wounded more than 30 others. He now faces the death penalty. Judy Woodruff speaks with Karen Brooks who has been covering the court martial for Reuters. Continue reading
Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty to a 2011 shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Jeffrey Brown talks to Loyola Law School’s Laurie Levenson about the plea, which will spare victims going through a trial and rule out the death penalty. Continue reading
Since 1982, Texas had used a three-drug cocktail in lethal injections for death row executions. But now the state has switched to a single-drug injection due to production shortages of other lethal drugs. Jeffrey Brown talks to The Associated Press’ Michael Graczyk about the change. Continue reading