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Death Penalty

Nov 3, 2023

SC justices seek hearings on prospect of executions

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s highest court apparently is not ready to allow the state to resume executions after more than 12 years until its justices hear more arguments about newly obtained lethal injection drugs as well as a recently added firing squad and the old electric chair. The state Supreme Court set a Feb. 6 […]

Oct 6, 2023

Oklahoma considers pause on executions

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma has executed more people per capita than any other state in the U.S. since the death penalty resumed nationwide after 1976, but some Republican lawmakers on Thursday were considering trying to impose a moratorium until more safeguards can be put in place. Republican Rep. Kevin McDugle, a supporter of the death […]

Oct 3, 2023

Details emerge on Trump era executions

CHICAGO — A day before the federal government executed a Texas man for the killing of an Iowa couple when he was 18, celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz pleaded with then-President Donald Trump — a former client — to call the execution off. During a Dec. 9, 2020, call to the White House, Dershowitz told Trump […]

Sep 20, 2023

South Carolina says it has secured execution drug

COLUMBIA — South Carolina has obtained a drug needed to carry out lethal injections and is ready to perform the state’s first execution in over 12 years, officials announced Tuesday. The pause on executions wasn’t official. The state’s supply of the three drugs it used to kill inmates expired and drug companies refused to sell […]

Aug 4, 2023

Florida executes man who dropped appeals in 1988 murder

STARKE, Fla. — A Florida man who recently dropped all legal appeals was executed Thursday for the 1988 murder of a woman who was sexually assaulted, killed with a hammer and then set on fire in her own bed. James Phillip Barnes, 61, was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. following a lethal injection at Florida […]

Aug 3, 2023

Synagogue attacker will be sentenced to death

PITTSBURGH — The gunman who stormed a synagogue in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and killed 11 worshippers will be sentenced to death for perpetrating the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history, a jury decided Wednesday. Robert Bowers spewed hatred of Jews and espoused white supremacist beliefs online before methodically planning and carrying out […]

Jul 10, 2023

Florida prosecutors are laying out their case against a plastic surgeon facing the death penalty

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors seeking the death penalty for a plastic surgeon accused of killing a lawyer and dumping his body in the Everglades have laid out their case in new court filings. Authorities say Dr. Tomasz Kosowski killed attorney Steven Cozzi in the bathroom of Cozzi’s law office moments after both […]

Apr 24, 2023

Judge stops Texas execution after questions raised in case

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has stopped next week’s scheduled execution of a death row inmate who has long said he’s innocent so there can be more time to review his claims that he was convicted more than 20 years ago with false testimony and questionable evidence. Ivan Cantu had been condemned for the […]

Apr 13, 2023

Death penalty looms over Pittsburgh synagogue massacre trial

The man charged in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history tried for years to avoid a federal jury trial, which would decide whether to convict him of shooting to death 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Ultimately those efforts failed, and jury selection is less than two weeks away. Court filings show 50-year-old Robert […]

Apr 26, 2022

2nd SC execution on hold after court halts firing squad plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has put another execution on hold, two days after temporarily blocking plans for a rare firing squad execution. The court issued an order Friday granting inmate Brad Keith Sigmon a temporary stay ahead of his scheduled May 13 execution. The state’s highest court on Wednesday had […]

Apr 21, 2022

Court halts South Carolina plan for firing squad execution

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s highest court on Wednesday issued a temporary stay blocking the state from carrying out what was set to be its first-ever firing squad execution. The order by the state Supreme Court puts on hold at least temporarily the planned April 29 execution of Richard Bernard Moore, who drew the […]

Apr 19, 2022

Supreme Court expands scope of death penalty reviews 

The South Carolina Supreme Court has never struck down a death sentence for being disproportionate, a record that remains intact after the court denied habeas relief to a man who was sentenced to death for robbing and killing a store clerk. But the court has, for the first time, agreed to treat cases that didn’t […]

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