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New Hampshire Repeals Death Penalty Law, Overriding Governor's Veto
The state hasn't executed anyone since 1939 and currently has only one person on death row.
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Trump Appointee At DOJ Finds FDA Can't Regulate Lethal Injection Drugs
Ryan J. Reilly
An opinion from DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel said the FDA lacked jurisdiction over drugs meant to “effectuate capital punishment.”
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Supreme Court's Divisions Over Death Penalty On Display In Handling Of Two Cases
By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters
Liberal and conservative justices are split over recent attempts by two inmates in Alabama and Texas seeking stays on their executions.
John Oliver's Sex-With-Your-Mom Analogy For Lethal Injection Is WTF
The host blasted so-called humane options for the death penalty on "Last Week Tonight."
Texas Executes John William King For 1998 Dragging Death of James Byrd Jr.
The avowed white supremacist was among three men convicted of dragging James Byrd Jr., a black man, to his death in a horrific hate crime.
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New Hampshire Poised To Repeal Its Death Penalty Law
The state House and Senate have enough votes to override an expected veto by GOP Gov. Chris Sununu.
Man Accused of Being Golden State Killer May Get The Death Penalty
Four California counties said they will seek the death penalty if Joseph James DeAngelo is convicted, despite the state's halt on executions.
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Texas Lawmakers Are Considering The Death Penalty For Women Who Get Abortions
House Bill 896 aims to criminalize all abortions and defines the procedure as homicide, which is punishable by death in Texas.
Pete Buttigieg Calls For Death Penalty To Be Abolished
"Capital punishment as seen in America has always been a discriminatory practice," the 2020 presidential hopeful said.
Poll Shows Most Californians Agree With Gavin Newsom's Death Penalty Opposition
A survey found record-high support in California for life imprisonment rather than the death penalty for first-degree murder.
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Beto O’Rourke Regrets Voting For Pro-Death Penalty Bill: ‘That Was A Poor Decision’
"If I could have that vote again, I would not vote for it,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said in South Carolina.
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Death Penalty Opponents Are Gaining Unlikely Allies: Republicans
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GOP lawmakers in at least eight states have joined fights against capital punishment.
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Beto O’Rourke Supported The Death Penalty As Recently As 2 Years Ago
The former Texas congressman who's running for president says he now opposes capital punishment.
Gov. Gavin Newsom: 'I Can't In Good Conscience' Sign Off On Executions
The California governor said he would have been asked to approve one death each day for more than two years.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom Suspends Death Penalty
Newsom will halt the execution of more than 700 inmates on the nation’s largest death row, for as long as he’s governor.
Gov. Gavin Newsom Halts Executions In California, Calls Death Penalty 'A Failure'
The Democratic governor signed an executive order granting temporary reprieve for the state's 737 death row inmates.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom To Issue Moratorium On The Death Penalty
Newsom will halt the execution of more than 700 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest death row for at least as long as he’s governor.
Trump Pushes Executing Drug Dealers Amid Declaration Of National Border Emergency
"You can end the drug problem," the president said. "You can end it a lot faster than you think."
Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges
Robert Bowers' attorney is a noted death penalty lawyer whose past clients have included a 9/11 conspirator and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
Death Row Inmate Found Dead In Cell After Execution Halted Twice
Scott Dozier, who spent 11 years on death row, had pleaded for his execution, insisting "life in prison isn't a life."
America Is In The Middle Of A Death Penalty Crisis
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Our capital punishment practices are unconstitutional. Period.
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Eric Trump Says Harsh Political Rhetoric 'Might' Be Linked To Violence
Or maybe not, he tells Jeanine Pirro on Fox News.
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Trump Touts Death Penalty After Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
President Donald Trump condemned the apparent anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania.
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Washington State's Supreme Court Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional
The court ruled the punishment is applied “in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.”
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Saudi Arabia Seeks Its First Death Penalty Against Female Human Rights Activist
By Stephen Kalin, Reuters
Five activists are on trial including Israa al-Ghomgham, the first woman to possibly face the death penalty for non-violent offenses.
Tennessee Executes Inmate With Controversial Drugs Despite Sotomayor's Powerful Dissent
Justice says the U.S. is "accepting barbarism" as the execution of Billy Ray Irick is allowed to go forward.
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