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Nebraska Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty
Nebraska State Sen. Colby Coash discusses his state legislature's move to end the death penalty.
The Drug at the Center of the Supreme Court Case on Lethal Injections
The U.S. Supreme Court is again grappling with the death penalty by examining the effectiveness of the drugs used to put prisoners to death in Oklahoma. Justices heard arguments today from the lawyers of three Oklahoma death-row inmates who want to outlaw the use of midazolam in the three- drug
The Note: Foley Video on the Campaign Trail
By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) NOTABLES SENATE CAMPAIGN USES PHOTO OF JAMES FOLEY’S EXECUTIONER. In a video posted to his campaign’s YouTube account Monday, New Mexico Senate candidate Allen Weh uses a brief still image of American journalist James Foley’s executioner. The image of Foley’s executioner,...
Oklahoma Sued for Drawing the Blinds on Botched Execution
Prompted by the botched execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett, the ACLU today filed a lawsuit alleging that state prison officials violated reporters’ First Amendment rights when they drew the shade nearly 30 minutes before Lockett’s death. “Because of the State’s use of...
What We Don’t Know About Lethal Injection Drugs
The prolonged execution of Joseph Wood has spotlighted the secrecy surrounding drugs used for lethal injection. Wood, a convicted murderer, died Wednesday nearly two hours after receiving what authorities said was a 50-milligram dose of both the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.
Arizona Inmate's Execution Reignites Debate Over Death Penalty
The execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took so long that his lawyer filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court.
New Low in Preference for the Death Penalty
A majority of Americans favor life imprisonment without parole over the death penalty for convicted murderers, a first in ABC News/Washington Post polls. Given a choice between the two options, 52 percent pick life in prison as the preferred punishment, while 42 percent favor the...
The Supreme Court and Lethal Injection: When Is it Cruel and Unusual?
Without explanation, the Supreme Court halted the planned execution late Wednesday of a death row inmate in Missouri who claims that if he is executed using the state’s lethal injection protocol he could suffer a tortuous death due to his rare medical condition. It is...
'This Week': Crime and Punishment
ABC News' Pierre Thomas and the powerhouse roundtable on the debate over the death penalty.