Criminal punishment

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Edmund Zagorski in Tennessee. If Tennessee electrocutes Zagorski, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP, File)
November 01, 2018 - 1:35 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man sentenced to die for a 1980s double murder was scheduled Thursday evening to become Tennessee's first inmate since 2007 to be put to death in the electric chair and the first nationwide in a half decade using that method. With hours remaining until his planned 7 p.m...
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EDITORS AND LIBRARIANS: KILL FROM YOUR SYSTEMS AND ARCHIVES PHOTO AX801, SLUGGED TENNESSEE ELECTRIC CHAIR AND TRANSMITTED ON TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2018. THE SOURCE RESTRICTS SALES POINTS - In this undated photo released by Fred Leuchter, center, in October 2018, he stands near the control panel for the electric chair he built for Tennessee in 1988-9. Leuchter says he is afraid the chair will malfunction at an execution scheduled for Thursday because of later modifications. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he is confident it will work. (Fred Leuchter via AP)
October 30, 2018 - 2:52 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski on Thursday, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system and who worries that his device will malfunction. Fred Leuchter (LOOT'-cher) had a successful career...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. Attorneys for Zagorski were trying to spare him from lethal injection and they succeeded, but not the way they hoped. Instead of getting the needle, Zagorski is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 23, 2018 - 8:19 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for a Tennessee death row prisoner were trying to spare him from lethal injection and they succeeded — but not the way they hoped. Instead of getting the needle, Edmund Zagorski is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Nov. 1. His attorneys had hoped to...
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In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Nusrat holds a picture of her daughter Zainab Ansari with her husband Mohammed Amin Ansari, left, in Kasur, Pakistan. Mohammad Imran, a serial killer of eight children, was executed at a Pakistani prison Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2018, after the country's top court rejected a request for his public hanging, officials said. Zainab's father Mohammed Amin Ansari was specially allowed to witness the execution. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)
October 16, 2018 - 10:56 pm
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A man convicted of killing eight children was executed at a Pakistani prison early Wednesday after the country's top court rejected a request for his public hanging, officials said. Mohammad Imran was hanged in the eastern city of Lahore in the presence of the father of 7-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown with the witness gallery behind glass at right, in Walla Walla, Wash. Washington state's Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty violates its Constitution. The ruling Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, makes Washington the latest state to do away with capital punishment. They ordered that people currently on death row have their sentences converted to life in prison. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
October 11, 2018 - 12:04 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty Thursday, ruling that it had been used in an arbitrary and racially discriminatory manner. Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows inmate Vernon Madison. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case of Madison who lawyers say suffers from dementia and can no longer remember killing a police officer in 1985. Justices will hear arguments Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, on whether it would be unconstitutional to execute 68-year-old Madison who was convicted of killing Mobile police officer Julius Schulte in 1985. The U.S. Supreme Court has said death row prisoners have "rational understanding" that they are about to be executed and why. (Alabama Department of Corrections, via AP, File)
October 02, 2018 - 9:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears willing to extend protection from capital punishment to people with dementia who can't recall their crime or understand the circumstances of their execution. The justices heard arguments on Tuesday in the case of Alabama death row inmate Vernon Madison...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Daniel Acker. Acker is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, for fatally running over his girlfriend. At least eight other Texas inmates have planned execution dates in the coming months. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)
September 27, 2018 - 2:00 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday evening has insisted he didn't fatally run over his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago. Daniel Acker was condemned for the March 2000 slaying of Marquetta George of Sulphur Springs. Prosecutors said he ran...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate, Troy Clark. Clark, who taunted jurors to sentence him to death, is facing execution for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel. Clark was set for lethal injection Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, 2018, for the 1998 slaying of a former roommate, 20-year-old Christina Muse of Tyler. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
September 25, 2018 - 9:47 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who taunted a jury to sentence him to death is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel. Troy Clark was condemned for the May 1998 slaying of a former...
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Bill Cosby, center, leaves the courtroom after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for felony sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)
September 25, 2018 - 12:43 pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Bill Cosby will spend the first few days of his prison sentence at the Montgomery County Jail outside Philadelphia. Cosby left the suburban Philadelphia courthouse in a dark SUV after a judge sentenced...
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Anthony Garcia appears unresponsive at the Douglas County Court in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Garcia, a former doctor, was convicted in the revenge killings of four people connected to a Nebraska medical school and has been sentenced to death by a three-judge panel. Garcia was convicted in two attacks that occurred five years apart. The first victims were the son and housekeeper of a faculty member at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha. Garcia also was found guilty in the 2013 deaths of another Creighton pathology doctor and his wife. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP, Pool)
September 14, 2018 - 5:59 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former doctor was sentenced to death on Friday for the revenge killings of four people connected to a Nebraska medical school, including the 11-year-old son of a physician who helped fire the man from a residency program nearly two decades ago. Anthony Garcia, 45, of Indiana...
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