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Death Penalty

Oct 25, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court won’t revive death sentence for South Carolina inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea from South Carolina to reimpose the death penalty on a South Carolina inmate whose death sentence stood for two decades until a federal appeals court threw it out in August. Chief Justice John Roberts did not comment in denying the state’s request to stop […]

Jun 8, 2021

South Carolina court weighs pausing new death penalty law

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina judge should block the executions of two men scheduled to die later this month so the court can evaluate a new law that effectively forces death row prisoners to choose to die by either electric chair or firing squad, prisoners’ attorneys argued Monday. Attorneys for Brad Sigmon and Freddie […]

Mar 3, 2021

South Carolina Senate adds firing squad to execution methods

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina senators Tuesday added a firing squad to the electric chair as alternatives if the state can’t execute condemned inmates by way of lethal injection. The Senate then approved the bill on a key 32-11 vote with several Democrats joining Republicans in the proposal which would allow South Carolina to restart […]

Feb 26, 2021

South Carolina push to resume executions with electric chair

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina is dusting off its electric chair and trying to restart executions in the state after going nearly 10 years without putting an inmate to death. A House Committee voted 14-7 on Tuesday to make electrocution the default for an execution. The bill now goes to the House floor while a […]

Feb 15, 2021

Religion and the death penalty collide at the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is sending a message to states that want to continue to carry out the death penalty: Inmates must be allowed to have a spiritual adviser by their side as they are executed. The high court around midnight Thursday declined to let Alabama proceed with the lethal injection of Willie […]

Sep 23, 2019

Defendant’s mental state delays SC death penalty trial

A death penalty trial for a man charged with killing two South Carolina bank employees during a robbery is on hold. A federal judge Friday delayed Brandon Council’s trial at least through the weekend after defense attorneys asked for an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent. The attorneys said in court papers Council […]

Jul 16, 2019

Legislators look to end freeze on executions

  After a span of more than five years in which not a single death sentence was handed down in South Carolina, in the space of less than a month earlier this year two juries handed down death sentences in unrelated cases. But as it stands, the state is not capable of carrying out a […]

Dec 7, 2016

Death penalty case hinges on jury questions

Attorneys for a man convicted of murdering his estranged wife say they plan to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent decision that reinstated the death sentence against their client. The South Carolina Supreme Court’s Nov. 23 decision in Winkler v. State overturned a lower court ruling to grant Louis Winkler post-conviction relief […]

Oct 26, 2016

Criminal Practice – Plea to Avoid Death Penalty Will Stand

Dingle v. Stevenson (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-148-16, 11 pp.) (Wilkinson, J.) No. 15-6832, Oct. 25, 2016; USDC at Florence, S.C. (Hendricks, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A defendant who pleaded guilty to murder and related crimes as a 17-year-old in 1995 in order to avoid the death penalty in South Carolina is not entitled to post-conviction […]

Mar 23, 2016

Death penalty sought in 2 Horry County slayings

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against two men charged in the slayings of two Horry County convenience store clerks in separate robberies last year. Local media outlets report that prosecutor Jimmy Richardson said Tuesday he’ll seek the death penalty against 34-year-old McKinley Lee Daniels and 21-year-old Jerome Jenkins […]

Feb 9, 2016

Texas prosecutor who sent innocent man to death row is disbarred

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former prosecutor who used false testimony and withheld evidence to send a now-exonerated man to Texas’ death row has lost an appeal to overturn his disbarment. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Board of Disciplinary Appeals on Monday upheld the decision of the State Bar of Texas to disbar […]

Sep 28, 2015

Lawyers seek execution delay for woman on Georgia death row

ATLANTA (AP) — One day before she’s set to be executed, lawyers for the only woman on Georgia’s death row will appear in court to argue that her life should be spared. The hearing is set for Monday morning in a federal courtroom in Atlanta. Attorneys for 47-year-old Kelly Renee Gissendaner want Tuesday night’s planned execution halted over concerns about lethal injec[...]

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