Here’s The Horrifying History Of The Electric Chair That Might Soon Kill An Inmate In Tennessee
Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show the original sales pitch for the Tennessee machine in 1985. The chair has only been used once so far.
The Court May Become More Conservative, But Justice Breyer Still Is Pressing For It To End The Death Penalty
While the nation focuses on whether the Supreme Court will take a conservative turn following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, Breyer is maintaining his effort to scale back or end the death penalty.
The Supreme Court Just Sided With Criminal Defendants In Two Cases
Justices rejected a higher standard set by a court for inmates seeking funds to challenge their conviction and a lower standard sought by the government for convicting people of obstructing IRS investigations.
Death Penalty Opponents See Some Good News In The Supreme Court's Decision Not To Hear A Case
Four justices made clear their view that the death penalty — at least as it exists in Arizona — merits further review.
Trump Wants To Execute Drug Dealers. Here’s Why That Won’t Fix The US Drug Epidemic.
Addiction experts say that drug users and dealers wouldn’t be deterred by the threat of execution years away — and that similarly draconian policies haven’t worked in other parts of the world. Legal scholars say the Supreme Court probably wouldn’t go for it either.
The South Carolina Senate Voted To Electrocute Death Row Inmates If Drugs Aren't Available
The state has not carried out an execution since 2011 primarily due to the lack of lethal injection drugs.
Missouri Fought For Years To Hide Where It Got Its Execution Drugs. Now We Know What They Were Hiding.
The state of Missouri did everything it could to keep secret where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death. Now, BuzzFeed News has discovered the supplier is a pharmacy repeatedly found to engage in hazardous practices that could put patients — and convicts — at risk.
Saudi Arabia On Track This Year To Execute The Most People In Two Decades
Figures provided exclusively to BuzzFeed News reveal that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s attempt to present himself as a reformer, the country's approach to the death penalty has not changed.
Texas Executes Man Who Claims He Was Framed For A Prison Guard's Murder
Robert Pruett has maintained his innocence in the 1999 murder of Texas corrections officer Daniel Nagle.
This Is Why The US Voted Against A UN Resolution Condemning The Death Penalty For LGBT People
It wasn't just about the provision protecting LGBT people from being killed via the death penalty. The US just really likes the death penalty.
Florida Executed An Alleged White Supremacist For Racially Motivated Murders
Mark Asay died by lethal injection on Thursday for two 1987 murders in a racially charged case. Florida, which has not held an execution since 2015, used a drug which has not previously been used in executions.
Missouri Executes Man For The 1998 Murders Of A Family
Mark Christeson was executed Tuesday for killing a mother and her two children after the US Supreme Court denied a request to halt the execution.
Texas Almost Bought Execution Drugs From 5 Men In India Who Were Accused Of Selling Illegal Party Pills
For the first time, BuzzFeed News reports on the secret backstory to Texas’ two-year search for illegal, overseas execution drugs.
Texas Executes Man Despite Claim Of Innocence
Attorneys for Terry Edwards, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, say there is evidence he did not commit the killings he was convicted for.
Virginia Executes Man For 2006 Slaying Of Richmond Family
Ricky Gray was executed Wednesday for murdering the Harvey family, including two young children, during a crime spree in Richmond.
Jury Sentences White Supremacist Dylann Roof To Death For The Charleston Church Massacre
Roof was convicted of 33 charges, including 9 murders and 12 hate crime violations, in connection with the June 17, 2015, shooting inside Charleston's Emanuel AME church.
Missouri Execution Drug Purchases Revealed
Death row inmates spent years fighting over Missouri's use of compounded pentobarbital. A sealed court filing obtained by BuzzFeed News says they may have been fighting the wrong thing.
After Botched Execution, Arizona Agrees To Never Use A Controversial Sedative Again
The state has agreed to stop using midazolam, a drug similar to valium that was linked to several botched executions in recent years. Without the drug, the state has few options on how to go forward with lethal injections.
Dylann Roof Found Guilty In Charleston Church Massacre
The white supremacist who shot and killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church was convicted Thursday. The jury will now decide whether he should get the death penalty.
Alabama Executes Inmate After Split Supreme Court Allows It To Proceed
The Supreme Court declined to halt the execution of Ronald Smith Jr. for a 1994 murder. A jury had recommended life imprisonment, but a judge nonetheless sentenced Smith to death.
Georgia Executes Man For Murdering His Father-In-Law
William Sallie's lawyers had appealed to the US Supreme Court to stop his execution over claims of jury bias during his trial.
Georgia Executes Man For Killing His Ex-Girlfriend
Steven Spears refused to challenge his death sentence since being convicted for the 2001 murder of Sherri Holland.
How Donald Trump Could Revitalize The Death Penalty
Trump could have a serious impact on the death penalty if he wanted to. Here's how.
Supreme Court Poised To Side With Death Row Inmate In Case With Racist Testimony
Duane Buck was sentenced to death after his own expert said he was more dangerous because he was black. The justices agreed it was "indefensible" — but debated the larger effects of the case on Wednesday.
Texas Carries Out Execution After Lengthy Gap
Barney Ronald Fuller Jr. was executed Wednesday, possibly breaking the longest gap between executions in Texas since 2008.
Dylann Roof Wants The Jury Reminded They Are Never Required To Impose The Death Penalty
Lawyers for the accused Charleston shooter responded to the prosecutors motion to limit his use of a "mercy" defense at trial.
Alabama Sets Execution Dates For Two Inmates For Later This Year
The state has carried out one death sentence in 2016. It is one of only five states to have carried out any executions this year.
Dylann Roof's Attorneys Argue Death Penalty Clashes With Religious Freedoms Of Prospective Jurors
Attorneys for the accused Charleston church shooter argue that forcing potential jurors to say they would impose the death penalty violates their religious freedoms.
FBI Documents Don’t Back Up Claimed Threat To Execution Drug Supplier
While death penalty states make the case that secrecy laws are needed to protect execution drug suppliers from possible violence, a review of the available information shows evidence for that argument is lacking.
Oklahoma Hired A New Warden After Botches, But Considered Execution Experience Irrelevant
After a string of execution mistakes and resignations, the state is replacing the personnel key to carrying out the death penalty in Oklahoma. But state officials say they view execution experience as "immaterial" in the hiring.
Georgia Executes Man, Ending Two-Month Hiatus On Executions In The U.S.
John Conner was scheduled to die Thursday evening for killing his friend. After some delay in last-minute appeals, the execution was completed a little past midnight.
There's A Standoff Between States And The Feds Over Illegal Execution Drugs
It's been nearly a year since the federal government seized thousands of vials of lethal injection drugs on their way to death penalty states. The states want their drugs, and neither side is showing signs of backing down.
Arkansas Supreme Court Says Transparency In Executions Would Be 'Detrimental To The Process'
The state supreme court ruled against death row inmates, finding the state had no obligation to publicly disclose the drug supplier, and upheld the state's execution protocol.
Judge Rules The Charleston Church Shooter Will Be Tried By A Jury
The court will not allow the accused Charleston shooter to have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury.
Dylann Roof Set To Face Federal Death Penalty Trial In The Fall
A judge set the accused Charleston church shooter's federal trial for November.
Victim's Father Dives At Convicted Serial Killer During Sentencing
The father of one of Michael Madison's victims took a leaping lunge at the serial killer during his sentencing.