capital punishment

 

Troy Davis, the death penalty and the toll executions take

Every now and then, a case comes along that jars us from our complacency, reminds us that, as a society, we put people to death.

Photo: Troy Davis faces execution
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  Presidentiality: ‘Revenge!’

Why do we cheer for the death penalty? After an incident at a recent Republican debate, Presidentiality looks back at thousands of years of evolution, to understand why human beings get off on retribution.

Utah inmate executed by firing squad after 25 years on death row

Ronnie Lee Gardner became the first man in 14 years to be executed by firing squad early Friday morning, ending a 25-year saga that in its final days stoked a national debate over the death penalty.

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In Utah, firing squad case raises questions, and some shrugs, about death penalty

Jurors who sentenced a man to death have regrets on the eve of his execution by firing squad in Utah. But the “Wild West” style execution is changing few other opinions in the state.

Affidavits by jurors recanting death sentence for Ronnie Lee Gardner

Affidavits from four jurors in the Ronnie Lee Gardner case.

As Utah inmate faces firing squad, jurors from original trial speak out

A juror who sentenced a Utah man to death in 1985 told Need to Know she would have preferred life in prison. The inmate, who faces a firing squad, is seeking a last-minute reprieve.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear death row inmate’s civil rights case

Attorneys for Hank Skinner have argued that prosecutors violated his rights by denying him access to evidence recovered from the crime scene.

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