March 31, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday over how to apply the court's 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, which decided that capital punishment for mentally handicapped individuals was considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. In Brumfield v. Cain the court will ...[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]
March 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani has not kept the promise he made after his 2013 election to ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Pakistan Ministry of Interior on Tuesday lifted the country's moratorium on the death penalty, permitting hangings for those prisoners who have exhausted all possible appeals. The stay on capital punishment was initially partially lifted in December in response to a school attack that took 145 ...[read more]
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]

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