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Attorney general says Oklahoma to resume executions

Oklahoma is planning to resume executing death-row inmates, five years after lethal injections were put on hold following a series of death-chamber mishaps, state officials announced Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Senate votes again to strike death penalty statute

Although Washington’s death penalty has been placed on hold by the governor and ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, the Senate voted Friday to eliminate capital punishment from state …


California man sentenced to death for killing family of 4

A Southern California man was sentenced to death Tuesday for the 10-year-old killings of a family of four whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in the California desert.


Pakistan court overturns death penalty for ex-president

A Pakistani court on Monday overturned the death sentence given to the country’s ex-military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, a former close U.S. ally in the war against terror.


Pakistan sentences former dictator to death in treason case

A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced the country’s former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf to death in a treason case related to the state of emergency he imposed in 2007 …


Lawyers say federal death row prisoner has Alzheimer’s

Lawyers for a federal death row inmate convicted of rape and murder have asked a federal judge to halt his scheduled execution next month because the prisoner has Alzheimer’s disease …


Resumed federal executions raise death penalty’s 2020 stakes

The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. “If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Serial killer who took 10 women’s lives executed in Florida

A serial killer who terrorized Florida with a 1984 spree that claimed 10 women has been executed, his lethal injection witnessed by the woman who survived one of his attacks …


Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after it raced …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

Rep. Jenny Graham fights to keep death penalty in state law

Spokane Rep. Jenny Graham is vocal in her efforts to fight efforts in the Legislature to abolish the death penalty.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Ohio governor delays 3 more executions while drugs reviewed

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed three additional executions to give the state prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method


Rep. Jenny Graham: Eliminating the death penalty makes us all less safe

Keeping the death penalty alive in state law is about retaining the most important tool a prosecutor has in place to negotiate with violent criminals, murderers and rapists.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Washington Senate passes death penalty repeal bill

The Washington Senate on Friday approved a measure that would repeal the death penalty, just months after the state’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment as arbitrary and racially …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said Thursday he’s seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

In televised debate with Dave Wilson, House candidate Jenny Graham says death penalty not racially disproportionate

In a debate with Democrat Dave Wilson, Republican Jenny Graham correctly said there were more white people than black people on death row and that she supported maintaining the death …


Death penalty ruling anguishes Spokane Valley mother who lost daughter in 1996 attacks

Sherry Shaver felt some solace on the day in 1997 when a jury recommended capital punishment for the man who killed her daughter in Spokane Valley. But the ensuing 20 …


Shawn Vestal: It’s time to let the death penalty perish for good

The death penalty has had a long, troubled life in Washington, serving vengeance more than justice. It’s already on life support from a gubernatorial moratorium, and it’s time to let …


Social worker who served Yates’ victims supports end of death penalty

Before investigators learned the name of Spokane serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., fear gripped the women who worked as prostitutes on East Sprague Avenue.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

Washington Supreme Court tosses out state’s death penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the death penalty, as applied, violates its Constitution.


Egypt court sends 75 to death, 47 to life over 2013 sit-in

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 75 people to death, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest by Islamists that was …


Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching

Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018

Ada prosecutor not ready to say if she’ll pursue death penalty in mass-stabbing case

Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts is not yet ready to say if her attorneys will pursue the death penalty in the case of a 30-year-old Los Angeles man accused of …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018

Judge: Prison officials must release execution drug records

A judge says Idaho prison officials must release records about the lethal injection drugs they used in the state’s two most recent executions.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

Alaska man agrees to guilty plea in Florida airport shooting

An Alaska man will not face the death penalty on charges of killing five people and wounding six in a shooting rampage at a Florida airport, authorities announced Tuesday.


India approves death penalty for rape of young children

India’s government on Saturday approved of the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12, responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of a young …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018

Idaho GOP candidate supports threat of death penalty to stop abortions

A Republican lieutenant governor candidate on Tuesday softened his stance that women who get an abortion should be punished if it is ever criminalized in Idaho, a day after saying …


Prosecutors seek death penalty in transgender teen’s killing

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for one of the suspects in the slaying of a transgender teenager whose eyes were gouged out and her body set on fire …


Defense attorney appointed to Idaho death penalty case

An attorney qualified to handle death penalty cases has been appointed to represent the Washington state man accused of stabbing to death a cab driver in northern Idaho.


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018

Trump opioid plan includes death penalty for traffickers

President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official …


At rally, Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers

President Donald Trump on Saturday again called for enacting the death penalty for drug dealers during a rally meant to bolster a struggling GOP candidate for a U.S. House seat …