August 21, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. ABC News executives are breathing a sigh of relief that "Nightline" wasn't canceled outright even though the network is moving Jimmy Kimmel into its time slot However, it is probably only a stay of execution for the venerable newsmagazine show. In January, ABC is shifting "Nightline" from its longtime home of 11:35 p.m. to an hour later, at 12:35 a.m., so "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- which had started at midnight -- can compete head-to-head with CBS' David Letterman and NBC's Jay Leno.
March 25, 2010 |
With just an hour to spare, the Supreme Court blocked the Wednesday evening execution in Texas of convicted murderer Hank Skinner, who maintains his innocence and who has sought DNA testing of key evidence for a decade. The justices issued a stay of execution and said they wanted more time to consider Skinner's appeal. It will probably be several weeks before the court decides whether to hear his case. Last year, the court ruled 5 to 4 that the Constitution does not give convicts the right to demand DNA testing of crime-scene evidence.
August 19, 2009 |
Newly seated Justice Sonia Sotomayor has cast her first recorded vote on the Supreme Court, joining a dissent by three liberal justices to stop a pending execution in Ohio. The full court turned down the last-minute appeal from lawyers for Jason Getsy late Monday evening by a 5-4 vote. Getsy, 33 and a convicted hit man, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 8 a.m. Pacific time today. In a 1995 murder-for-hire attack, Getsy shot Charles Serafino seven times, though the victim survived.
May 3, 2009 |
Human rights groups on Saturday condemned Iran for executing a 23-year-old woman who they maintained had received an unfair trial when she was convicted of murder as a juvenile. Delara Darabi was hanged Friday at Rasht Central Prison, according to Human Rights Watch, which said the woman was 17 when she was coerced into pleading guilty to killing her father's cousin. She later recanted, saying her 19-year-old boyfriend had committed the crime.
October 25, 2008 |
A federal appeals court gave a late reprieve to a man set to be executed Monday for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer in a case in which several witnesses have changed their accounts of the crime. Troy Davis, 40, was scheduled to die for the murder of Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail. But the three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution and ordered his attorneys to prove whether he can meet "stringent requirements" to press his appeal.
September 24, 2008 |
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a reprieve to a convicted murderer less than two hours before his scheduled execution for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer. Family and advocates of Troy Anthony Davis, 39, contend that he deserves a new trial because seven of the nine witnesses who helped put him on death row have recanted their testimony.