Latest Death Penalty News

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening
    In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself. More »

  • Egypt’s Sisi vows tougher death penalty laws in wake of prosecutor’s murder Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A day after the assassination of Egypt’s public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to enact legal reforms to allow quicker enforcement of death sentences. Recommended: How much do you know about Egypt? The Brotherhood has denied any responsibility for Monday’s car bomb attack on Barakat’s convoy in Cairo, according to the BBC. More »

  • Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill presented to parliament on Tuesday aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country. The move comes two months after at least 30 Ethiopian migrants were shot and killed by Islamic State militants in Libya and after others have died while heading to Europe on rickety boats across the Mediterranean. The legislation, proposed by the Ministry of Justice, contains a range of penalties for trafficking and smuggling including fines of up to 500,000 birr ($7,500) and the death penalty in cases where victims suffer severe injury or death. More »

  • Filipino drug convict in Malaysia spared from death penalty Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysia's pardons board has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence on a Filipino woman convicted of smuggling 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine at Kuala Lumpur's airport, the Philippine Embassy in the Malaysian capital said Tuesday. More »

  • Why Supreme Court upheld Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The state of Oklahoma can continue using the drug midazolam in its three-drug lethal injection protocol despite three botched executions in three states using that drug, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court laid aside the earlier executions, noting that Oklahoma had increased its midazolam dosage from 100 milligrams to 500 milligrams and had adopted other safeguards to make its protocol more efficiently lethal. The majority justices upheld a lower court decision that found that condemned prisoners in Oklahoma were not likely to suffer an intolerable level of pain during the execution process. More »

  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional. More »

  • US Court Rules Death Penalty Drug Can Be Used
    US Court Rules Death Penalty Drug Can Be Used Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The US Supreme Court has given approval for authorities to resume executing prisoners using a controversial form of lethal injection. The court ruled 5-4 that the anaesthetic Midazolam did not violate the US Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, delivering a setback to death penalty opponents. Lawyers for three death row prisoners in Oklahoma had argued the drug was failing to properly sedate condemned men, meaning they had prolonged and painful deaths. More »

  • Judge denies Connecticut killer's bid to speed up execution Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has rejected a request by one of two men convicted in the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a home invasion to drop his remaining appeals and proceed to execution. More »

  • Indonesia: Death row Frenchman has exhausted legal options Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday a French citizen sentenced to death for drug offenses has exhausted all options in his legal fight to avoid execution. More »

  • Japan executes its first prisoner in 2015
    Japan executes its first prisoner in 2015 Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Hanging of man who robbed and killed woman after plotting a murder online is Japan's first execution this year. More »

  • Colombian generals implicated in civilian killings: HRW
    Colombian generals implicated in civilian killings: HRW Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Human Rights Watch accused some of Colombia's top generals Wednesday of links to the "generalized and systematic" execution of civilians, who were then presented as felled FARC guerrillas. More »

  • Bouygues shuns Altice's bid for telecom arm
    Bouygues shuns Altice's bid for telecom arm Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    By Leila Abboud and Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - French conglomerate Bouygues on Tuesday snubbed an offer for its telecom unit from larger rival Altice that sources put at 10 billion euros ($11.2 billion), citing execution risks and confidence it could prosper on its own. The board believes Bouygues Telecom is well placed to benefit from a new period of growth in the telecoms market, underpinned by digital usage, Bouygues said in a statement. It added that the offer presents a "significant execution risk, which should not be borne by Bouygues, particularly in terms of competition law in both the fixed and mobile markets". More »

  • Death penalty sought in Georgia Craigslist slayings Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    MCRAE, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a Georgia man accused in the deaths of an elderly couple looking to buy a classic car through Craigslist. More »

  • Indonesia court rejects appeal of Frenchman facing execution
    Indonesia court rejects appeal of Frenchman facing execution Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday denied the final appeal of a French citizen who faces execution for drug offenses, setting the stage for diplomatic retaliation by France after executions of other foreigners strained relations with Australia and Brazil. More »

  • French convict on death row in Indonesia loses clemency appeal
    French convict on death row in Indonesia loses clemency appeal Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    By Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court rejected a French national's last-ditch appeal against the death sentence on Monday, making him the latest foreigner to face execution for drug offences and likely to prompt an angry response from France. Serge Atlaoui had been granted a last-minute reprieve while legal avenues were exhausted and was left out of a group of seven foreign prisoners who were executed on April 29. President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant clemency despite repeated pleas for mercy has strained Indonesia's relations with a number of countries including Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands and Nigeria, which have all had citizens on death row. More »

  • French convict will not be executed during Ramadan - Indonesian government Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A French national who lost his last-ditch appeal against the death sentence on Monday will not be executed during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a spokesman for the Indonesian Attorney General's Office said. An Indonesian court rejected Serge Atlaoui's appeal against the death sentence earlier on Monday, making him the latest foreigner to face execution for drug offences. Atlaoui, who was arrested in a raid on a factory producing ecstasy pills on the outskirts of Jakarta in 2005, had no further legal options available, spokesman Tony Spontana said. More »

  • Indonesian court rejects final appeal of French national facing execution for … Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian court rejects final appeal of French national facing execution for drug offenses. More »

  • Charleston suspect up against South Carolina's record on death penalty Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charleston's chief prosecutor has yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty for the man accused of murdering nine African-Americans at a landmark church, but South Carolina is a state with a history of embracing capital punishment. South Carolina has an execution rate of 8.3 per every 10,000 people, the seventh highest in the country, according to Death Penalty Resource and Defense Center, a group that opposes capital punishment. Since 1979, 180 people have been sent to death row, the centre says, and a total of 43 prisoners have been put to death in the four decades since capital punishment was reinstated in the Palmetto State. More »

  • Dylann Roof and death penalty: Does it matter what victims' families wa … Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    If convicted of killing nine people during a Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., Dylann Roof would almost surely face the death penalty. One of Mr. Roof's uncles has said that he would "push the button" himself if Roof is found guilty. "If you're going to have a death penalty, then certainly this case would merit it," he said. More »

  • Death penalty in white supremacist case a tricky proposition
    Death penalty in white supremacist case a tricky proposition Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas capital murder case involving a white supremacist who is dying of emphysema poses some unusual challenges for a district attorney pursuing the death penalty for the first time. More »

  • Call for death penalty in shooting, but state lacks the drug
    Call for death penalty in shooting, but state lacks the drug Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two days after the shooting deaths of nine people during a Bible study at a Charleston church, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley made a bold public statement: The gunman "absolutely" should be put to death. But her state, though largely pro-death penalty, can't secure one of the drugs needed for lethal injections and hasn't executed an inmate since 2011. More »

  • South Carolina governor calls for death penalty in church shooting case Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said on Friday the suspect in the deadly church shooting in Charleston should face the death penalty if convicted. In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Haley said, "This is a state hurt by the fact that nine people innocently were killed. We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty." Haley also said she wanted Dylann Roof tried on state charges in South Carolina rather than federal charges. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Lisa Lambert) More »

  • Greece crisis: Yanis Varoufakis urges EU not to enter 'state of mind that …
    Greece crisis: Yanis Varoufakis urges EU not to enter 'state of mind that … Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Thursday 18 June that the eurozone was "dangerously close" to a state of mind "that accepts an accident". Varoufakis said the "radical proposal" for an independent fiscal council monitoring budget execution, with an automated hard deficit break, was Greece's "gesture of goodwill to our partners" to show it is keen to reform. "We are dangerously close to a state of mind that accepts an accident. More »

  • Pakistan suspends death penalty during Ramadan Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif temporarily suspended the use of the death penalty during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Friday, the government said. More »

  • Texas man executed for slaying of auto mechanic in 2001
    Texas man executed for slaying of auto mechanic in 2001 Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas death row inmate Gregory Russeau was executed Thursday evening for the slaying of a 75-year-old East Texas auto repair shop owner 14 years ago during a crack cocaine binge. More »

  • Why Ethiopian migrants brave illegal crossings again – and again Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Like many of the shopkeepers in this complex​, Mr. Tariku doesn't pay rent, courtesy of a government program to create jobs for returning migrants. The horrors that many migrants confront on their illegal journeys abroad – from sexual assault​ and other abuse to drowning ​or execution ​by militants – ​are well publicized. But Tariku’s determination to repeat the experience speaks to the economic forces that have helped drive an increasing number of Ethiopian migrants abroad, despite a booming  economy that has grown nearly 9 percent annually over the past four years, according to the IMF. While the growth is dramatic, many say it has largely benefited the business class, says Michael Woldemariam, a political scientist at Boston University in Massachusetts. More »

  • Justice Thomas focuses on victims in 2 death penalty cases
    Justice Thomas focuses on victims in 2 death penalty cases Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas took unusual steps Thursday in calling attention to crime victims as the Supreme Court ruled in two death penalty cases. More »

  • High court reinstates conviction in death penalty case Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the conviction and death sentence of a California man convicted of murder — even though a lower court made mistakes when it considered whether prosecutors illegally excluded blacks and Hispanics from the jury. More »

  • Ethiopia-British leader on death row 'might' escape execution: govt
    Ethiopia-British leader on death row 'might' escape execution: govt Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    An Ethiopian opposition leader with British citizenship on death row will not be pardoned but might escape execution, the government said Thursday, after reports he was struggling in solitary confinement. More »

  • No death penalty sought against soldier in woman's killing Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty against a soldier accused of conspiring with his teenage girlfriend to kill her mother. More »

  • In Kashmir, unexplained killings mount. A repeat of dark times? Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    A decade of relative peace in Indian-controlled Kashmir is being shattered by a sudden spike in murders, some execution-style, that today spurred schools and shops across the territory to go on strike, and raised fears of a return to dark days of turmoil. Indian authorities say the murders are carried out by a shadowy Islamist splinter group they call Lashkar-e-Islam. Recommended: How well do you know India? More »

  • Texas man to be executed this week in auto mechanic's death
    Texas man to be executed this week in auto mechanic's death Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — About eight hours after relatives found 75-year-old James Syvertson fatally beaten inside his auto repair shop in Tyler, Texas, police in nearby Longview pulled over a man driving Syvertson's Chevrolet in front of a known drug house. More »

  • Death penalty sought for man charged with killing family Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty against a 20-year-old Duncan man who was bound for trial in the shooting deaths of his newspaper publisher father, his mother and his sister. More »

  • Egypt court confirms ousted President Morsi's death sentence
    Egypt court confirms ousted President Morsi's death sentence Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the country's 2011 uprising, making him the first leader in Egypt's modern history to potentially face execution. More »

  • Man Executed For Murder 'Committed' Aged 15
    Man Executed For Murder 'Committed' Aged 15 Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Aftab Bahadur Masih, a Christian, was convicted of the killing in Lahore in 1992, but human rights groups say he was tortured into confessing. The Justice Project Pakistan, a law firm handling Masih's case, and British group Reprieve said Masih was too young to face the death penalty at the time of his arrest. Maya Foa, of Reprieve's death penalty team, said the execution marked a "truly shameful day for Pakistan's justice system". More »