December 5, 2001 |
A woman convicted of killing her son's former girlfriend in 1982 was executed Tuesday night by lethal injection, making her the third woman and 17th inmate put to death this year in Oklahoma. With the execution of Lois Nadean Smith, 61, Oklahoma now leads the nation in the number of executions this year. Texas has had 16 executions, with one more scheduled before year's end. Oklahoma also has one more execution scheduled for this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2004 |
The number of death sentences imposed in the United States -- and the number of executions carried out -- have declined sharply over the last five years, according to a report to be released today by the Death Penalty Information Center, a group that opposes capital punishment. In addition, a Gallup Poll in May showed that the number of Americans favoring a verdict of life without the possibility of parole over the death penalty has increased in the last seven years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2006 |
California prison officials executed 76-year-old murderer Clarence Ray Allen at the state prison here early today after his final appeal was turned down by the U.S. Supreme Court. His death was announced at 12:38 a.m. by Elaine Jennings of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Allen, who turned 76 Monday, was by far the oldest of the 13 convicts executed in the state since California restored the death penalty in 1977 and the second oldest in the nation.
September 22, 2007 |
nashville -- A federal judge's ruling Wednesday that Tennessee's lethal injection procedure could cause excruciating pain is another blow to the three-drug cocktail used by every state that executes by lethal injection. Federal judges reached similar conclusions in Missouri and California last year, and now states have to decide whether to defend the three-drug method or find a new way to put inmates to death by injection.
June 29, 2006 |
Two days after a federal judge ordered Missouri to revamp its execution procedures, the state's corrections chief says it is difficult to land one key component: a board-certified anesthesiologist to assist in lethal injections. Department Director Larry Crawford said Wednesday that his office was meeting resistance from anesthesiologists wary of crossing an ethical line.
February 3, 2007 |
LURKING LARGELY beneath the radar the last few weeks, while media coverage has focused on the perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and the Bush administration's flip-flop on domestic surveillance, were a series of important legal and political developments in the increasingly muddled world of capital punishment in the United States. Nearly 13 years after U.S.
December 15, 2006 |
Executions in the U.S. declined to their lowest level in a decade this year, according to a study released Thursday by the Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment. Fifty-three people have been executed this year, with no more scheduled until 2007. That is down from 60 last year and a significant drop from the peak of 98 executions in 1999, the Washington-based organization said in a year-end report.
December 28, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Williamson County Dist. Atty. Ken Anderson had risen to a district judge by the time a special investigation was launched this year to scrutinize a murder he had prosecuted in 1987. In a rare finding, a judge determined that Anderson had intentionally withheld evidence, resulting in the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton. Morton served 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife before DNA tests exonerated him and another man was convicted of the crime. Anderson agreed to serve nine days in jail, resign from the bench and surrender his law license.
June 14, 1994 |
North Carolina death-row inmate David Lawson and talk show host Phil Donahue were waiting Monday to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court would allow the killer's execution to be shown on television. Lawson, 38, is scheduled to be put to death by cyanide gas at 2 a.m. EDT Wednesday; Donahue wants to videotape the event and televise it. Lawson has said he was suffering from depression when he broke into what he thought was empty house in 1980.
October 28, 2012 |
The process for administering the death penalty in the United States is broken beyond repair, and it is time to choose a more effective and moral alternative. California voters will have the opportunity to do this on election day. Although our government has a fundamental responsibility to protect its citizens, there is little evidence that the death penalty acts as a strong deterrent to murder and other violent crimes. One recent study found that 88% of the nation's leading criminologists believe that swift and certain punishment is the best deterrent.