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.
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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.
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.
February 8, 2014
The Times' editorial Sunday opposing the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev prompted Robert S. Henry, a retired capital case coordinator with the California attorney general's office, to write a letter defending capital punishment: "The Times says that life imprisonment without parole is sufficient for Tsarnaev because it 'punishes the criminal while protecting society from future acts of violence.' This limits the...
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October 3, 2004 |
For Tom Mesereau, there hasn't been much middle ground lately: It's been either glitz or grits. Mesereau, a big man whose crown of white, shoulder-length hair is about as commonplace in Alabama courts as a powdered wig, is the lead attorney for pop star Michael Jackson. He usually practices in Century City, roughly a million miles from Bessemer's courthouse and the seafood gumbo at the Bright Star restaurant nearby.
September 18, 2003 |
A Circuit Court judge Wednesday refused to eliminate the prospect of a death sentence for teenage sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo, the younger of a pair of men accused in a three-week shooting spree that left 10 people dead in the Washington, D.C., area a year ago. Malvo's lawyers had argued that foreign countries and international treaties banning the death penalty for juveniles combined to rule out execution for Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings last fall.
February 4, 1999 |
Oklahoma inmate Sean Sellers, scheduled this morning to become the first U.S. resident in 40 years to die for crimes committed as a 16-year-old, never stopped insisting he had changed from the confused Satan worshiper who murdered his mother, stepfather and a shop clerk. The planned execution of Sellers, now 29, has drawn international protest and debate over the age at which a criminal should be eligible for the death penalty.
December 16, 2002 |
The number of death-row prisoners dropped last year for the first time since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, the Justice Department reported Sunday. The decline was part of a trend that has seen fewer people sentenced to die in recent years. The death-row population fell from 3,601 in 2000 to 3,581 in 2001, the first year-to-year decrease in 25 years. Last year's total of 155 was the lowest number sentenced to die and put on death row since 1973.
April 21, 2001 |
San Quentin's death row attacks illustrate the tensions present at many of California's 33 state prisons. One reason: Housing about 160,000 inmates, the state penitentiary system--the nation's largest--is bursting at the seams with some prisons handling double their capacity. Death row is no different. California leads the nation in the number of condemned prisoners--580 men and 12 women--more than Texas, which has 450, and Florida with 372. There are 38 states with death rows.
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February 11, 2004 |
Were we about to execute the wrong guy? Hard to say. As death row cases go, convicted killer Kevin Cooper has neither the strongest nor the weakest claim of innocence I've seen. Cooper, who got a temporary reprieve Monday just as his needle was being prepared, was convicted of using a hatchet and buck knife in 1983 to murder and mutilate a Chino Hills couple and two children.