Criminal punishment

Flanked by lawmakers, Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty during a news conference at the Capitol, March 13, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 13, 2019 - 5:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom not only put a moratorium on executions in California on Wednesday, he said he also may commute death sentences and is pushing to repeal capital punishment. Newsom signed an executive order granting reprieves to all 737 condemned inmates on the nation's...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters outside the White House before traveling to Alabama to visit areas affected by the deadly tornadoes, Friday, March 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
March 13, 2019 - 5:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's not "thrilled" with California's plan to halt death penalty executions. California Gov. Gavin Newsom planned to sign an executive order Wednesday giving a reprieve to the 737 inmates on his state's death row. Trump tweeted Wednesday that voters don...
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March 12, 2019 - 8:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The 737 inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty...
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FILE – In this Nov. 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday, arch 7, 2019, delayed three additional executions to give the state prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method. The Republican governor’s order follows a federal judge’s scathing critique in January of the first drug used in the current process, the sedative midazolam. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
March 07, 2019 - 11:13 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday delayed three additional executions to give the Ohio prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method, responding to a federal judge's scathing critique of the first drug used in the current process. Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Merz...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 photo, Gordon Coble, center, is led out of the of the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, after reacting to the execution of his father, Billie Wayne Coble. Chaos erupted outside Texas' death chamber Thursday night when the son of the condemned inmate pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his final words. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
March 01, 2019 - 11:27 am
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Chaos erupted outside Texas' death chamber when the son of the condemned inmate pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his final words. Billie Wayne Coble, a Vietnam War veteran who killed his estranged wife's parents and...
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February 27, 2019 - 7:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering a new state court hearing to determine whether an Alabama death row inmate is so affected by dementia that he can't be executed. The justices ruled 5-3 on Wednesday in favor of inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985. His lawyers...
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FILE -- In this June 29, 2015 file photo, Egyptian policemen stand guard at the site of a bombing that killed Egypt's top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who oversaw cases against thousands of Islamists, in Cairo. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 Egypt executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Barakat, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Barakat, the first assassination of a senior official in Egypt in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Eman Helal, File)
February 20, 2019 - 5:53 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution at a news conference in Little Rock, Ark. The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
February 19, 2019 - 8:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. The justices said Tuesday that they wouldn't get involved in the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen at near sunset in Washington, Thursday. The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. The justices ruled 6-3 Tuesday in the case of inmate Bobby James Moore.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 19, 2019 - 8:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. The justices ruled 6-3 on Tuesday in the case of inmate Bobby James Moore. Moore had been sentenced to death for the 1980 shotgun slaying...
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FILE - This undated file photo from the Alabama Department of Corrections shows inmate Dominique Ray. A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of Ray, a Muslim inmate in Alabama who says the state is violating his religious rights by not allowing an imam at his lethal injection. The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, a day before the scheduled lethal injection of Ray.(Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)
February 07, 2019 - 9:28 pm
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn't let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation's highest court cleared the way. Dominique Ray, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. of a lethal...
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