April 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Missouri executed its third inmate of 2015 Tuesday after the US Supreme Court denied his final appeal, which claimed that mental illness made him unfit for execution. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon also denied Andrew Cole's clemency petition, which had raised concerns that the black inmate was ...[read more]
April 6, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A Bangladeshi appeals court on Monday rejected a final appeal by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War, upholding his death sentence. Kamaruzzaman can seek presidential clemency, but if his plea is rejected he will face execution ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by William Helbling
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]
March 8, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
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]
January 18, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
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]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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]
April 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
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]
April 14, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
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]
February 9, 2013
by Max Slater
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]
December 2, 2012
by Sarah Steers
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]

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