DEATH PENALTY
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A Time Out for the Death Penalty
February 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett, of the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium ...Is declaring a "time out" to the death penalty in Pennsylvania an abuse of the governor's power "ignoring duly enacted law," as prosecutors have claimed....... [more]

Pennsylvania death penalty moratorium challenged
February 19, 2015
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional in....... [more]

Holder voices support for moratorium on death penalty
February 18, 2015
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday voiced his support for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a decision by the Supreme Court on the Oklahoma death penalty case. Speaking in a personal capacity before the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Holder stated his own views that the death....... [more]

Utah lawmakers approve bill allowing execution by firing squad
February 16, 2015
The Utah House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved House Bill 11, which would allow for executions by firing squad. The goal of the legislation is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce. HB 11, which was sp....... [more]

Amnesty slams 'disturbing and dangerous' escalation of death penalty in Pakistan
February 13, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) said Friday that use of the death penalty in Pakistan is undergoing a "disturbing and dangerous" escalation after the execution of two men convicted of non-terrorism offenses. Muhammad Riaz and Muhammad Fiaz were executed Friday for the murder of the son of the Supreme Cou....... [more]

Mississippi House approves bill to make execution details secret
February 13, 2015
The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would make details involving executions secret and allow lawsuits against anyone who divulges the secrets. Moreover, the names of the executioner and anyone "assisting in the execution in capacity" would be exempt from public....... [more]

Egypt court orders retrial for Muslim Brotherhood supporters
February 11, 2015
An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered for a retrial of 36 a Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The 36 are among 183 supporters sentenced to death in June in connection with violence following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Among those whose sentences were overturned is former Muslim Br....... [more]

Egypt top court confirms death sentence for Islamist
February 5, 2015
Egypt's top appeals court on Thursday upheld a death sentence against an Islamist charged with murder as well as sentences for 57 other supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Video footage of the Islamist sentenced to death, Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan, showed him throwing people off of a roof during the....... [more]

Egypt court confirms death sentence for 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters
February 2, 2015
A court in Egypt on Monday confirmed death sentences for 183 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohammed Morsi. The men were convicted in December of playing a role in an attack on a police station in the governate of Giza, known as the "Kerdasa massacre," which result....... [more]

Accused Nazi officer to stand trial for mass killings
February 2, 2015
A German court said Monday that a 93-year-old man dubbed the "accountant of Auschwitz" will stand trial on charges that he was an accessory to the killing of 300,000 people. Oskar Groening, an SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp, claims he viewed many atrocities at the facility but never pa....... [more]

Supreme Court allows Texas execution despite claims of intellectual disability
January 30, 2015
A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution, and that his life would have been spared in any other state because of his IQ. After Texas c....... [more]




WEBSITES

    DP Information Center

    Death Penalty Info [Michigan State]

    Death Penalty [Amnesty Int.]

    NCADP

    Pro-Death Penalty.com

    Capital Punishment [Wikipedia]