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]
UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Tuesday urged the US not to execute two individuals with "psychosocial disabilities" who are set to be put to death in Georgia and Texas. Warren Hill was set to be executed Wednesday in Georgia, but after the Georgia State Board of ...[read more]
The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday rejected a clemency bid by death row inmate Warren Hill who was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. The board gave no insight into its decision but acknowledged that Hill ...[read more]
The Supreme Court of Mississippi ruled 6-3 on Thursday that the pardons of nearly 200 people by Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) were valid, despite a challenge by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Barbour pardoned 198 people before the end of his second term in office. Hood challenged these ...[read more]