Criminal punishment

FILE - This undated file image released by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Don Johnson. Pressure from religious leaders for Tennessee's governor to grant mercy to the death row inmate mounted on Monday, May 13, 2019, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal that could have delayed his upcoming execution. Johnson's petition for clemency has centered on his religious conversion and Christian ministry to other prisoners. He is scheduled to be executed Thursday, May 16 for the 1984 murder of his wife, Connie Johnson. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP, File)
May 16, 2019 - 5:58 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis was put to death Thursday in Tennessee. Sixty-eight-year-old inmate Don Johnson was executed for the 1984 suffocation of his wife, Connie Johnson. He was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m...
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FILE - This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Michael Brandon Samra. His attorney has asked the governor to halt his Thursday, May 16, 2019 lethal injection while a Kentucky court weighs the appropriateness of the death penalty for people who were under 21 at the time of their crimes. Samra was 19 when he participated in the 1997 slayings in Shelby County of four people, including two children. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
May 16, 2019 - 8:34 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The lawyer for an Alabama inmate set for lethal injection in a quadruple killing that occurred after a dispute over a pickup truck said he doesn't plan last-minute appeals to block the execution set for Thursday night. Steven Sears told The Associated Press in an email that...
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A March 15, 2019 view of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court decided Monday that one state cannot unwillingly be sued in the courts of another, overruling a 40-year precedent and perhaps, foreshadowing an argument over the viability of other high court decisions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 13, 2019 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court shined an unusual light Monday on its internal squabbling over the death penalty, with the justices making public more than 30 pages of arguments on issues they decided weeks ago. The high court almost never revisits opinions after the fact, though Monday was the...
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May 05, 2019 - 7:28 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Brunei's sultan says a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an international outcry. The United Nations has called the new laws "draconian" while the U.S. and several...
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FILE - This undated file photo made available by the Georgia Department of Correction shows Scotty Garnell Morrow, who is set to die Thursday, May 2, 2019. When Morrow killed his ex-girlfriend and her friend nearly 25 years ago, his actions were spontaneous and emotionally fueled and shouldn't be punished by death, his lawyers argue. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and on Tuesday released a declassified clemency application submitted by Morrow's lawyers. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 7:05 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago was executed Thursday evening in Georgia. The Georgia attorney general's office said in a statement that 52-year-old Scotty Garnell Morrow was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. Thursday following an injection of...
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FILE - This undated file photo made available by the Georgia Department of Correction shows Scotty Garnell Morrow, who is set to die Thursday, May 2, 2019. When Morrow killed his ex-girlfriend and her friend nearly 25 years ago, his actions were spontaneous and emotionally fueled and shouldn't be punished by death, his lawyers argue. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and on Tuesday released a declassified clemency application submitted by Morrow's lawyers. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 6:59 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia man who killed two women nearly 25 years ago (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Georgia has executed a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago. The Georgia attorney general's office said in a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017, file photo, state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, speaks at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas prison officials say the last written words of condemned inmates will no longer be shared publicly in another change to execution-day procedures in the nation's busiest death chamber. Whitmire had chastised prison officials for reading an avowed racist's final written statement after he was executed last week for the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a black man. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
April 30, 2019 - 12:28 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas prison officials on Tuesday abruptly halted the practice of sharing death row inmate's final written statements after a lawmaker expressed outrage over the state relaying the last words of an avowed racist executed for the 1998 dragging death of a black man, James Byrd Jr...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John William King. The white supremacist on Texas death row who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history faces execution for the infamous dragging death nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas. King is scheduled to receive lethal injection Wednesday evening, April 24, 2019. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
April 24, 2019 - 11:48 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a man who orchestrated the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. nearly 21 years ago in Texas. (all times local): 7:20 p.m. An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history has been executed in Texas for the...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John William King. The white supremacist on Texas death row who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history faces execution for the infamous dragging death nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas. King is scheduled to receive lethal injection Wednesday evening, April 24, 2019. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
April 24, 2019 - 8:43 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr.,...
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April 23, 2019 - 2:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a group of death row inmates challenging Arkansas' use of a sedative in executions told a federal judge Tuesday that the state's lethal injection process with the drug causes condemned inmates to feel as though they're being lit on fire. An attorney for the...
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