New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu. Photo via girardatlarge on Flickr.
29 May 2018

New Hampshire Governor Invokes Police And Victims To Justify Vetoing Death Penalty Abolition Bill—But They Support It

New Hampshire’s governor vows to veto a repeal of the death penalty because he “stands with” police and victims’ survivors even though they support the legislation.

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16 Mar 2018

Oklahoma Will Be First State To Experiment With Nitrogen Gas In Executions

Oklahoma will execute prisoners using an experimental method never before attempted anywhere in the world: nitrogen hypoxia. Mike Hunter, the state’s attorney general, and Joe M. Allbaugh, the director of the department of corrections, announced Oklahoma will asphyxiate prisoners by locking them in a chamber that will fill with a

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24 Sep 2017

Upcoming Execution Of Keith Leroy Tharpe Illustrates Legacy Of Lynching In US

Court filings from juror interviews reveal that one juror voted for Tharpe’s death because he was black.

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San Quentin lethal injection room. Photo by CACorrections (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37381942@N04/4905111750/in/set-72157624628981539/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11627466
11 May 2016

CA Prison Records Show Officials Downplayed Botched Executions, Understated Lethal Injection Costs

The more than 12,000 pages of documents released by CDCR reveal how the state planned to continue executing prisoners in light of a drug shortage.

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14 Mar 2016

Faced With Exonerated Man, Clinton Invokes Terrorism To Defend Death Penalty

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked by Ricky Jackson, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder who spent 39 years in prison, how she could support the death penalty, despite serious problems with it. Struggling to maintain his composure, he mentioned he was imprisoned on death row and came

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15 Sep 2015

Oklahoma About To Execute An Innocent Man, Activists Warn (VIDEO)

Democracy Now: Time is running out for Richard Glossip. The state of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Glossip on Wednesday night, but his legal team is pushing for a new review of the case, saying the state is about to kill an innocent man.

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03 Sep 2015

U.S. Rejects Recommendations Aimed at Ending Systematic Human Rights Abuses

On September 1, the United States government rejected several recommendations from countries which suggested how the U.S. could better uphold human rights. Rejected recommendations included abolishing the death penalty, ending spying on private communications of people of the world, and allowing foreign aid to assist rape victims in war zones who need access to safe abortions.

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26 Aug 2015

State Appeals After Federal Judge Halts Mississippi Executions

The state government of Mississippi appealed a federal judge’s temporary restraining order against the use of two execution drugs, which effectively brought executions to a halt. Even if the state’s appeal fails, the death penalty in Mississippi would remain entirely intact.

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13 Aug 2015

Connecticut Supreme Court: Death Penalty ‘Incompatible with Contemporary Standards of Decency’

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional. It found the “death penalty system” did not abide by the “freedom from cruel and unusual punishment,” and determined any “future executions” would present a risk of wrongly executing an innocent person. The decision did not only condemn the system in

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