Latest Death Penalty News

  • Nebraska lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty
    Nebraska lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty Wed, May 20, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law. More »

  • Death penalty sought against man accused in 2009 killings Wed, May 20, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against a man accused in the 2009 deaths of a drug dealer and three women in Oklahoma City. More »

  • Hungary's Orban angers EU over death penalty, migrants
    Hungary's Orban angers EU over death penalty, migrants Tue, May 19, 2015

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban angered EU lawmakers and officials Tuesday by insisting that Budapest had the right to debate closing the door to migrants and reintroducing the death penalty. More »

  • Biker Gang Accused Could Face Death Penalty
    Biker Gang Accused Could Face Death Penalty Mon, May 18, 2015

    Some 170 bikers are facing murder charges - and potentially the death penalty - after nine people were killed during a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas. A fist fight broke out in the bathroom of the Twin Peaks restaurant before spilling into a car park as the bikers attacked each other with clubs, chains and knives before opening fire. The blanket murder charge is possible given the number of those killed in a single incident, Sgt Swanton said. Sgt Swanton said: "This is probably one of the most gruesome scenes I've ever seen in my 34 years of law enforcement. More »

  • Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners Mon, May 18, 2015

    Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading. No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is "executing a judgement of death" but also involve performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences, the advert, posted on the civil service jobs portal, said. A man beheaded on Sunday was the 85th person this year whose execution was recorded by the official Saudi Press Agency, compared to 88 in the whole of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). More »

  • Egyptian court seeks death penalty for ex-president Mursi
    Egyptian court seeks death penalty for ex-president Mursi Sun, May 17, 2015

    By Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death penalty for former president Mohamed Mursi and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011. Mursi and his fellow defendants, including top Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, were convicted for killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the uprising, against then-president Hosni Mubarak. The court's request drew condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The court sought capital punishment in a separate case for Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and 15 others for conspiring with foreign militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah against Egypt. More »

  • Egypt's Mursi defiant as court seeks death penalty Sat, May 16, 2015

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - Standing in a metal cage wearing a blue prison uniform, ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi punched his fists in the air and smiled on Saturday just before a court announced it would seek the death penalty against him. Mursi and fellow defendants including the Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie were convicted of killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising against veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Before any executions can take place, the cases must be referred to Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, although his opinion is non-binding. The court also sought capital punishment for Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and 15 others for conspiring with foreign militant groups. More »

  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentence comes as attitudes shift on the death penalty Sat, May 16, 2015

    Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, but Tsarnaev’s crimes were federal offenses – the US government can execute prisoners – and only jurors who agreed not to rule out that possibility in his case were allowed to serve. More »

  • Islamic State battles Syrian army near ancient citadel - monitor
    Islamic State battles Syrian army near ancient citadel - monitor Sat, May 16, 2015

    Fighting between Islamic State militants and the Syrian army was reported on Saturday near an ancient citadel in the historic city of Palmyra, the target of a big offensive by the jihadist group that has raised concern for the U.N. world heritage site. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that reports on the war, also said Islamic State militants had executed 23 people on Friday including nine minors and five women in areas seized from state control outside the city. It marks the second mass execution reported since Islamic State advanced this week into the area some 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Damascus. In the first, the Observatory said the jihadists had executed 26 men, beheading 10 of them. More »

  • Egypt's Morsi faces death penalty in spy, jailbreak trials
    Egypt's Morsi faces death penalty in spy, jailbreak trials Sat, May 16, 2015

    Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, already jailed for 20 years for inciting violence against protesters, faces the death penalty Saturday for espionage and jailbreak nearly two years after his overthrow. More »

  • Tsarnaev could be 1st terrorist executed in US since 9/11
    Tsarnaev could be 1st terrorist executed in US since 9/11 Sat, May 16, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — The death sentence jurors imposed on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sets the stage for what could be the nation's first execution of a terrorist in the post-9/11 era, though the case is likely to go through years of appeals. More »

  • Sentenced to death, Boston Marathon bomber could live for decades
    Sentenced to death, Boston Marathon bomber could live for decades Sat, May 16, 2015

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death on Friday. A lengthy appellate process, an effective moratorium on federal executions and declining support among Americans for capital punishment all suggest that Tsarnaev’s death by lethal injection is far from a sure thing, according to death penalty experts. "With every passing year, the likelihood of execution will diminish," said Deborah Denno, a law professor at Fordham University who has studied capital punishment. His legal team included one of the most respected death penalty lawyers in the country, Judy Clarke, and she did not attempt to argue his innocence at trial. More »

  • O'Malley calls death penalty 'ineffective' Fri, May 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he respects the verdict of the jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case but remains opposed to the death penalty and considers it "ineffective." More »

  • Dzokhar Tsarnaev Gets the Death Penalty
    Dzokhar Tsarnaev Gets the Death Penalty Fri, May 15, 2015

    On Friday, after some 14 hours of deliberation, a federal jury sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 bombing that killed three people and wounded 260 others. Last month, the same jury convicted the 21-year-old Tsarnaev of 30 different counts, including plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and the murder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier. Seventeen of those charges were potential capital crimes, and the jury applied the death penalty on six of the counts. Throughout the penalty phase of the trial, Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev’s attorney, sought to portray her client as the impressionable younger brother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whom she said plotted the bombing and manipulated Dzokhar Tsarnaev into participating in the attack. More »

  • Nebraska buys lethal injection drugs, as lawmakers mull abolishing death pe … Fri, May 15, 2015

    Nebraska state lawmakers began debating a bipartisan bill to abolish the death penalty Friday, one day after Gov. Pete Ricketts announced he purchased two of three drugs the state needs to execute inmates on death row. The legislature has already voted once on Legislative Bill 268, which would replace the death penalty with life without parole, last month in a 30 to 13 vote. There are 11 inmates on death row in Nebraska, which hasn't executed an inmate since 1997. Ricketts and Scott Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, announced yesterday that the state ordered ordered sodium thiopental, used to knock out the inmate, and pancuronium bromide, which causes paralysis, from HarrisPharma. More »

  • Death row Briton 'last hope' appeal
    Death row Briton 'last hope' appeal Fri, May 15, 2015

    A British grandmother facing execution by firing squad in Indonesia has six months to lodge a final appeal which is "her last hope", her lawyer has said. More »

  • Boston bombing death penalty deliberation begins third day
    Boston bombing death penalty deliberation begins third day Fri, May 15, 2015

    A jury began deliberations for a third day Friday on whether to sentence Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death or to life imprisonment for perpetrating one of the bloodiest assaults in America since the September 11, 2001 attacks. More »

  • Diary of a Madman
    Diary of a Madman Fri, May 15, 2015

    Because that’s what Mad Max: Fury Road is built to do. It’s been 30 years since director George Miller (or anyone else) made a Mad Max movie, and it was easy to view this new sequel/reboot/whatever with a certain amount of drilling-an-old-well skepticism. Fury Road is an A-plus B-movie, an action flick so vivid and visceral, so striking in conception and extraordinary in execution, that it comes almost as a revelation. Max Rockatansky—played by Mel Gibson in the original trilogy and by Tom Hardy here—is mad. More »

  • Governor says Nebraska has ordered new death penalty drugs Fri, May 15, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's Republican governor is taking new steps to resume executions in a state that hasn't imposed the death penalty since 1997, as lawmakers look seriously at abolishing capital punishment. More »

  • N Korea defence chief's execution 'not confirmed'
    N Korea defence chief's execution 'not confirmed' Thu, May 14, 2015

    S Korea's spy agency says it is unable to verify Hyon's execution a day after local media reported he had been killed. More »

  • How will jury decide whether Boston Marathon bomber gets death penalty? Thu, May 14, 2015

    Twelve jurors began the process Wednesday of weighing whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves to be sentenced to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. The day began with Judge George O’Toole walking the jury through the 24-page verdict form. Mr. Tsarnaev has been convicted on 30 charges relating to the April 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. He also was found guilty of the murder of Sean Collier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology security guard who was shot and killed three days after the bombings. More »

  • North Korea executes defence chief with an anti-aircraft gun - South Korea  …
    North Korea executes defence chief with an anti-aircraft gun - South Korea  … Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Ju-min Park and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea executed its defence chief by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range, Seoul's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers, which would be the latest in a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took charge. Hyon Yong Chol, who headed the isolated nuclear-capable country's military, was charged with treason, including disobeying Kim and falling asleep during an event at which North Korea's young leader was present, according to South Korean lawmakers briefed in a closed-door meeting with the spy agency on Wednesday. His execution was watched by hundreds of people, according to NIS intelligence shared with lawmakers. It was not clear how the NIS obtained the information and it is not possible to independently verify such reports from within secretive North Korea. More »

  • Boston bombing jury begins death penalty deliberations
    Boston bombing jury begins death penalty deliberations Wed, May 13, 2015

    A US jury began deliberations Wednesday on whether to sentence convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death or life in prison for carrying out one of the bloodiest attacks in America since 9/11. More »

  • Jury begins deliberating whether marathon bomber should get life in prison or … Wed, May 13, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Jury begins deliberating whether marathon bomber should get life in prison or death penalty. More »

  • S. Korea's spy agency says N. Korea executed defense chief
    S. Korea's spy agency says N. Korea executed defense chief Wed, May 13, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his defense chief executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting presided over by Kim, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Wednesday, citing what it called credible information. More »

  • Will Aurora shooting trial serve as referendum on death penalty in Colorado … Wed, May 13, 2015

    When the James Holmes trial comes to a close later this summer, jurors will first have to decide whether the Aurora shooting perpetrator – who killed 12 and wounded 70 when he opened fire in a crowded movie theater – is innocent by reason of insanity, a defense many experts say is a long shot in a case this horrific. If jurors find him guilty, they’ll then have to determine whether Mr. Holmes should get the death penalty, as requested by prosecutors, or life without parole. Those two high-profile cases are taking place against a backdrop of increasing ambivalence about the death penalty in America, where national support has dropped from close to 80 percent in the 1990s to 56 percent today. “Both death-penalty supporters and death-penalty opponents are very interested in what will happen in these two trials,” says Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a national nonprofit that compiles data and analysis related to the death penalty. More »

  • N Korea Defence Chief 'Shot For Falling Asleep'
    N Korea Defence Chief 'Shot For Falling Asleep' Wed, May 13, 2015

    North Korea's defence chief has reportedly been executed by anti-aircraft gun as punishment for falling asleep at an event attended by Kim Jong-Un. Defence minister Hyon Yong Chol, 66, was charged with treason after having shown "disrespect" to Mr Kim at the military event and allegedly talking back to him. The claims were made by South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) to politicians in a closed-door parliamentary briefing. It said hundreds of officials watched the execution in late April at a shooting range at the Kanggon Military Training Area, north of Pyongyang. More »

  • North Korea defence chief 'executed with anti-aircraft fire'
    North Korea defence chief 'executed with anti-aircraft fire' Wed, May 13, 2015

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had his defence minister executed with anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during a formal military rally, South Korean intelligence said Wednesday, hinting at possible instability in the Pyongyang leadership. More »

  • Indonesian court expects verdict on French death row convict in two weeks
    Indonesian court expects verdict on French death row convict in two weeks Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian judge said on Wednesday a court will decide in two weeks whether to proceed with a last-ditch appeal by a French death row inmate who is challenging the president's refusal to grant him clemency. Convicted drug trafficker Serge Atlaoui was due to face the firing squad with other convicts last month but was granted a last-minute reprieve to allow for the completion of his legal appeals. France's foreign minister has warned Indonesia it would face repercussions if the Southeast Asian nation goes ahead with the execution. The Jakarta administrative court would hold another hearing on the case next Wednesday, with a verdict expected on May 28, said Judge Ujang Abdullah. More »

  • North Korean defence minister ‘executed by anti-aircraft fire’
    North Korean defence minister ‘executed by anti-aircraft fire’ Wed, May 13, 2015

    South Korea’s spy agency says Hyon Yong-chol was killed last month in front of an audience of hundreds. More »

  • Subsea 7 to cut workforce by a fifth, reduce fleet Tue, May 12, 2015

    Oil services firm Subsea 7 plans to cuts its workforce by close to 20 percent and reduce its fleet of 39 vessels by up to 11 as global oil and gas firms continue to cut spending after a plunge in crude oil prices dampened activity levels. Subsea 7, which focuses on the North Sea but has a global operation, expects to cuts it workforce by around 2,500 by early 2016 from about 13,000 at the end of end of 2014, it said in a statement, following rivals such as Schlumberger and Baker Hughes , who have already announced big layoffs. "We have estimated that fixed costs could fall by 25 percent and that looks achievable," Haakon Amundsen, an analyst with ABG Sundal Collier, said. Subsea 7 said its fleet would fall by up to 11 vessels, "based on a mixture of non-renewal of charter vessels and either disposal or stacking of owned vessels." "It is intended that the reshaping of the fleet will be phased over the coming 12 months, commensurate with the projected global workload as well as continued effective execution of projects," Subsea 7 said. More »

  • Defense rests after nun says bomber is sorry for victims
    Defense rests after nun says bomber is sorry for victims Tue, May 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that Tsarnaev expressed genuine sorrow about the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. More »

  • Tsarnaev defense: Feds haven't shown impact of boy's death
    Tsarnaev defense: Feds haven't shown impact of boy's death Tue, May 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that he expressed genuine sorrow for the victims. More »

  • Texas Senate OKs keeping execution drug suppliers secret Tue, May 12, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The identity of Texas' lethal drug supplier would remain confidential under a measure the Republican-controlled state Senate gave initial approval to Monday — a move that rebuffs calls to lift the secrecy over execution drugs in the nation's busiest death chamber. More »

  • Ala grandma to get life or death in girl's running death Sun, May 10, 2015

    GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A judge must decide whether to sentence an Alabama woman to life or execution by lethal injection for the killing of her 9-year-old granddaughter, who prosecutors say died after being forced to run for hours for telling a lie. More »