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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2012 |
Even as Californians voted to maintain the death penalty, the nation's support for capital punishment continued to wane in 2012, with relatively few states performing executions. Only nine states executed inmates in 2012, and three-fourths of the executions occurred in Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Mississippi, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a monitoring group critical of capital punishment. Connecticut became the fifth state in five years to abolish capital punishment.
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.