February 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
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 ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty Friday, which will remain in effect until he receives and reviews a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. The governor expressed concerns over serious flaws in the death ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced concern over the continued use of the death penalty in Southeast Asia as punishment for drug-related crimes. Drug-related crimes are punishable by death in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand ...[read more]
January 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Attorneys for four death-row inmates on Monday proceeded in a challenge to an Ohio law by filing a motion for a preliminary injunction. HB 663 is a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Four death row inmates filed a complaint on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663, a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the persons involved in executing a sentence of ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed deep regret at the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan and Jordan in recent days, stressing that no judiciary can be infallible. Pakistan and Jordan put in place the moratoria on the death ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Interior Ministry of Jordan announced 11 men were executed by hanging on Sunday, which marks the first time Jordanian authorities delivered capital punishment in eight years. The authorities convicted the men of murder between 2005-2006. All of the men were Jordanians. Since the most recent ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
UN officials called on the government of Iraq Sunday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in response to a significant rise in executions since the country restored capital punishment in 2005. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is ...[read more]

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