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September 23, 2022, 9:04 PM

Judge: State must preserve evidence from halted execution

A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to preserve all records and medical supplies associated with an aborted lethal injection after the state acknowledged multiple attempts to access the inmate’s veins before calling off the execution
September 23, 2022, 9:04 PM
Alabama execution called off for time and medical concerns
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Alabama man's execution was botched, advocacy group alleges

His arm may have been cut to find a vein.
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Alabama man's execution was botched, advocacy group alleges
2 months ago

Republican Oklahoma lawmakers seek hearing in death row case

An independent investigation by a law firm raised questions about man’s guilt.
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California court OKs death penalty in '80s sex slave murders

Two men were implicated in 11 torture-slayings in California in the mid-1980s.
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Alabama court sets Sept 22 execution for 1990 triple killing

Alabama Supreme Court sets execution date for a mentally disturbed truck driver.
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Oklahoma official seeks execution dates for 25 inmates

A federal judge rejected their challenge to the state’s lethal injection method.
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Judge rejects Arizona prisoner’s bid to delay execution

Prisoner tried to delay his execution in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl
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Execution ends Arizona 8-year hiatus with the death penalty

Clarence Davis was executed for the killing of a college student 44 years ago.
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Execution ends Arizona 8-year hiatus with the death penalty
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Arizona set to execute 1st prisoner in nearly 8 years

He was convicted of killing a college student in 1978.
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Arizona plans to execute 1st prisoner in nearly 8 years
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Texas halts Melissa Lucio's execution, court to consider new evidence

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will review Melissa Lucio's death sentence and make a recommendation to Gov. Greg Abbott. Her execution is set for April 27.
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Texas halts Melissa Lucio's execution, court to consider new evidence
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Fight for Melissa Lucio's exoneration continues after stay of execution granted

Melissa Lucio was convicted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2008. Her case has gained national attention as her family and legal team fought for clemency.
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Fight for Melissa Lucio's exoneration continues after stay of execution granted
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Stay issued on execution of Melissa Lucio two days before she was set to face death

Melissa Lucio was convicted of capital murder in 2008 in the death of her 2-year-old daughter. Advocates say the case was mismanaged and that crucial parts of evidence were never presented.
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Stay issued on execution of Melissa Lucio two days before she was set to face death
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What to know about Texas death row inmate Melissa Lucio's case

Melissa Lucio was found guilty of capital murder in the death of her two year old daughter in 2007. She has been in death row for the past 15 years.
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Melissa Lucio faces execution in Texas as supporters seek clemency
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S. Carolina schedules 1st execution with firing squad ready

Offiicials set a April 29 execution date for Richard Bernard Moore.
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S. Carolina schedules 1st execution with firing squad ready
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Lawyers hope new evidence can stop Texas woman's execution

A Texas woman has denied she fatally beat her 2-year-old daughter.
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Oklahoma executes man for 2001 slayings of 2 hotel workers

Oklahoma has executed a man for the brutal slayings of two hotel workers during a robbery in 2001
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Federal court rejects Oklahoma death row inmates appeal

Four Oklahoma death row inmates scheduled for execution in the next three months
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Texas pastor on Supreme Court death chamber case: What's the harm of prayer, touch?

John Ramirez is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow his Baptist pastor inside a Texas death chamber to pray aloud and lay a hand on his body as he's executed.
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Texas pastor on Supreme Court death chamber case: What's the harm of prayer, touch?
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Prison chief: Mississippi preps for 1st execution since 2012

Prison employees will do once-a-week rehearsals to prepare.
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Ruling could block Alabama execution scheduled next week

 An appellate court has ordered a federal judge to consider an Alabama’s inmate’s request to block his execution next week
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Texas executions face delays over religious rights claims

Texas won't let spiritual advisers touch people as they are being put to death.
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Texas nurse faces capital murder trial for 4 patient deaths

A defense attorney for a former nurse accused of killing four patients at an East Texas hospital in 2017 has told jurors that his client was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time
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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
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2nd South Carolina inmate seeking to block electrocution

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

There are 37 men on South Carolina’s death row.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Arizona plans to seek warrants for 1st executions in years

Prosecutors told the Arizona Supreme Court that they intend on soon seeking execution warrants for two death-row inmates in what would be the state’s first executions since 2014
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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
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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
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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.
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Wyoming considering repeal of death penalty
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10 death row inmates in Oklahoma could get new trials

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

Executioners offered sanitized, incomplete versions to judges.
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Executioners sanitized accounts of deaths in federal cases
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Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

An appellate court has stayed the execution of an Alabama inmate
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Alabama set to carry out its first execution during pandemic
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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
2 years ago
82 advocacy groups call on Biden to end federal executions
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Big challenge: Biden is pressed to end federal death penalty

Joe Biden is the first sitting president to openly oppose the death penalty.
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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
2 years ago
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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.
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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
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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.
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US schedules 1st federal execution of woman in nearly 70 years
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Justice Dept. seeks to overturn order halting execution

A lower court’s ruling halted the first federal execution in nearly two decades.
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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.
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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.
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