Northam to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Bill
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Northam to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Bill
2021-02-22 21:22:27
by TWN Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in the Commonwealth. The legislation now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia... Read More

Virginia Lawmakers Set to Abolish Long-Standing Death Penalty
State News
Virginia Lawmakers Set to Abolish Long-Standing Death Penalty
2021-01-22 16:42:28
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia General Assembly bill introduced last week to abolish the death penalty has the added backing of the governor in a state that has led the nation in the number of convicts given capital punishment. At... Read More

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Federal Executions
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Federal Executions
2020-06-29 18:14:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the execution of four federal prison inmates -- executions that will mark the first use of the death penalty on the federal level in nearly 20 years. A majority... Read More

ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
Supreme Court
ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
2020-02-28 16:54:32
by Dan McCue

The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Thursday asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of an Arkansas man challenging the way a lower court assessed whether he received effective counsel during the punishment phase of his death... Read More

Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain
Criminal Justice
Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that just because an inmate feels like he’s being suffocated after a lethal injection, that doesn’t amount to cruel and unusual punishment. A three-judge panel of the court,... Read More

Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions
State News
Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio lawmaker intends to introduce a bill to allow state prison officials to used seized fentanyl to execute prisoners residing on death row. In a Monday evening email to his colleagues, state Rep. Scott Wiggam, a... Read More

Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says
State News
Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that state prison officials can’t find any company willing to supply drugs as an execution alternative to one that essentially has been declared cruel and unusual. He said he would talk... Read More

Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
Criminal Justice
Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
2019-07-25 21:52:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. In a written statement, the Department said Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt... Read More

Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury
Supreme Court
Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury
2019-06-21 20:46:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The murder conviction and death sentence of a black inmate in Mississippi cannot stand because the trial court failed to recognize a prosecutors efforts to keep blacks off the jury was due at least in part to discriminatory... Read More

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