January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to stay three executions pending a decision on the state's lethal injection protocol or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds a good alternative. On Friday the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments by three ...[read more]
January 24, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of ...[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
Brazil and the Netherlands on Sunday recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after an Indonesian firing sqaud executed six convicted drug traffickers, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign leaders. The executions took place in Jakarta, Indonesia and are the ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Amnesty International (AI) called on Pakistan Friday to end what has been an extreme increase in executions following the Peshwar school attack. Following the school attack and Pakistan's subsequent lift of a death penalty moratorium, Amnesty reports that a "wave of executions" has resulted in ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday acquitted four death row convicts who were sentenced for their involvement in a 2002 Rawalpindi suicide attack that killed 19 people. After being sentenced by an Anti-Terrorism Court in 2004, the convicts filed an intro-court appeal. Counsel argued that there ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Argentina confirmed Saturday the extradition of a US fugitive wanted for a 2002 murder in Colorado. Kurt Sonnenfeld, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cameraman and 9/11 conspiracy theorist, fled to Argentina in 2003 after Denver prosecutors charged him with ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Addison Morris
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, arrived at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday for jury selection in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev will sit with his attorneys as approximately 1,200 potential jurors are called to the federal ...[read more]

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