“You’re much more likely to get the death penalty if you kill a white person than if you kill a black person — even controlling for the crime differences.” Two more executions are scheduled for Wednesday; both people were convicted of murdering white victims.
The trial for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to begin Nov. 3.
“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” the attorney general says.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he would decide whether to seek the death penalty in federal court for Dzhokar Tsarnaev by Jan. 31.
Duane Buck was convicted of killing two people. But an expert’s testimony during sentencing said he was more likely to commit future violence because he’s black.
Three of the four men uncovered their faces for the first time in public as their lawyers challenged their guilty verdicts and death penalties.
The men will be hanged for their “gruesome crimes.”
The Obama administration has expressed strong opposition to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which has included the death penalty as a possible punishment, in the past. But neither the White House nor the State Department had comment Friday on the latest consideration of the bill.
Touting his record of helping to reform the death penalty as a state Senator in Illinois, Obama promised his 2008 plan to reform the death penalty, and issue he has talked about little since talking office. Also in the campaign plan, Obama said he’d sign a bill to to “ban racial profiling” under federal law, another issue the President has talked about little since taking office. Supporters of the President, however, point to his efforts to stop Arizona’s new immigration as a sign he is keeping with his pledge.
Rick Perry being the most prolific practitioner of capital punishment in the United States received spontaneous and rapturous applause at the Republican presidential primary debate. They weren’t applauding Rick Perry’s response, mind you, but Brian Williams simply stating the Texas governor’s record of sending 234 people to their death. Your modern GOP, ladies and gentleman.
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Despite being one of the more barbaric forms of capital punishment (as if there are forms that are not), stoning is a surprisingly procedural practice. Here is a break down of the method used when stoning a human being to death.
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A death row inmate who had used a gun to fatally shoot two men suffered the same fate Friday morning as he was executed by a team of marksmen—the first time Utah used the firing squad to carry out a death sentence in 14 years.
Utah is set to execute a condemned killer by firing squad shortly after midnight Thursday, reviving an old West style of justice that hasn’t been used for at least 14 years and that many criticize as archaic.
No words. [Ed. note: A simple, beautiful anti-death penalty PSA produced for Amnesty International by Digital District. ]
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There are a variety of ways that states kill prisoners on death row, including by firing squad. Injection is (by far!) the favorite method, but the old noose is still hanging on. Ha! Capital punishment pun!
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