Missouri officials executed death row inmate Cecil Clayton early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court and Governor Jay Nixon denied his requested stay of execution. Clayton, 74, was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting a sheriff's deputy in 1996. Clayton's attorneys argued that he ...[read more]
An Indonesian court has scheduled an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers on death row for Thursday March 12th. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the leaders of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling organization, were granted the appeal despite President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency. ...[read more]
The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, ...[read more]
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional.
03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled.
05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues.
05/02/2014: UN urged death ...[read more]
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is expanding its criteria for recommending clemency to federal prisoners convicted of certain drug crimes. Holder's announcement recapped the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) that President Barack Obama signed into law ...[read more]
US Army Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she could be released as early as ...[read more]
Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri militant who received the death penalty for participating in the 2001 attack on India's parliament, was executed on Saturday. Guru was hanged after India's president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, turned down his plea for clemency. Following Guru's execution, India's government im... ...[read more]
On December 2, 2005, Kenneth Lee Boyd became the 1000th person executed since the US reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The use of capital punishment had been de facto banned for 4 years after the US Supreme Court's ruling in Furman v. Georgia before the Court reaffirmed its constitutionality ...[read more]
The only surviving shooter in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks was executed at a prison in India Wednesday hours after President Shri Pranab Mukherjee finally rejected the gunman's clemency appeal. Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was hanged and buried in the prison yard in the central ...[read more]
A judge in the Washington County Circuit Court of Oregon ruled Friday that a death row inmate is not required to accept clemency granted to him by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. Last December, Kitzhaber granted clemency to convicted murderer Gary Haugen after Haugen voluntarily waived all ...[read more]