May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports ...[read more]
May 16, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, during which victims will be able to address ...[read more]
April 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Glossip v. Gross the court heard arguments on whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the director of ...[read more]
April 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law a bill that allows for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. Under this new method, nitrogen would be delivered via face mask, ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Missouri executed its third inmate of 2015 Tuesday after the US Supreme Court denied his final appeal, which claimed that mental illness made him unfit for execution. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon also denied Andrew Cole's clemency petition, which had raised concerns that the black inmate was ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in the ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Delaware Senate voted 11-9 Thursday to repeal the death penalty. The legislation is being sponsored by Senator Karen Peterson and includes an exemption for the 15 inmates currently on Delaware's death row, who will face death by lethal injection. Delaware is one of 32 states that employ ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal ...[read more]

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