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July 16, 2021, 2:29 PM

Tennessee inmate found dead after execution date request

Tennessee death row inmate Stephen Hugueley has died three days after the state filed a motion to set his execution date
July 16, 2021, 2:29 PM
2 months ago

2nd South Carolina inmate seeking to block electrocution

Requested permission to join another inmate’s request to block electrocution.
2 months ago
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As South Carolina execution looms, firing squad debated

There are 37 men on South Carolina’s death row.
2 months ago
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Former jailer seeks clemency for one death row inmate

A lack of drugs used in lethal injections has stalled three executions in South Carolina over the past six months
2 months ago
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New law makes inmates choose electric chair or firing squad

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause
2 months ago
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2 men wrongfully sent to death row awarded $75M in damages

Two Black, intellectually disabled half brothers who spent decades behind bars.
2 months ago
3 months ago

South Carolina House adds firing squad to execution methods

The South Carolina House has voted to add the firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs
3 months ago
4 months ago

On federal death row, inmates talk about Biden, executions

Inmates on federal death row tell The Associated Press that a leading topic of conversation through air ducts they use to communicate is whether President Joe Biden will keep a campaign pledge to halt federal executions
4 months ago
5 months ago

Ex-judges, others urge retrial for Alabama death row inmate

Former judges and prosecutors are joining those seeking a new trial for a death row inmate in Alabama
5 months ago
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Wyoming considering repeal of death penalty

Legislators in Wyoming have introduced a bill to end he state's use of capital punishment.
5 months ago
Wyoming considering repeal of death penalty
5 months ago

10 death row inmates in Oklahoma could get new trials

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling means they could escape execution.
5 months ago
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Executioners sanitized accounts of deaths in federal cases

Executioners offered sanitized, incomplete versions to judges.
5 months ago
Executioners sanitized accounts of deaths in federal cases
6 months ago

Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

An appellate court has stayed the execution of an Alabama inmate
6 months ago
Alabama set to carry out its first execution during pandemic
6 months ago

82 advocacy groups call on Biden to end federal executions

Dozens of civil rights and advocacy organizations are calling on the Biden administration to immediately halt federal executions after an unprecedented run of capital punishment under President Donald Trump
6 months ago
82 advocacy groups call on Biden to end federal executions
6 months ago

Big challenge: Biden is pressed to end federal death penalty

Joe Biden is the first sitting president to openly oppose the death penalty.
6 months ago
7 months ago

US inmate scheduled to be executed tests positive for virus

An inmate scheduled to be executed just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office has tested positive for coronavirus
7 months ago
8 months ago

US set to execute 1st of 5 inmates before Biden inauguration

First is a former Texas gang member for the 1999 slaying of a young couple.
8 months ago
8 months ago

Biden to work to end executions as government sets 3 more

A spokesman for Joe Biden says the president-elect is against the death penalty and will work to end its use
8 months ago
9 months ago

US schedules 1st federal execution of woman in nearly 70 years

The U.S. Department of Justice has scheduled the first federal execution of a woman in nearly seven decades.
9 months ago
US schedules 1st federal execution of woman in nearly 70 years
1 year ago

Justice Dept. seeks to overturn order halting execution

A lower court’s ruling halted the first federal execution in nearly two decades.
1 year ago
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Appeals court: 1st federal execution in 17 years can proceed

Federal appeals court rules that the execution can proceed as scheduled Monday.
1 year ago
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Tennessee inmates ask court to stop execution scheduling

They argue Tennessee's use of capital punishment is rooted in a racist past.
2 years ago