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Where’s the Outrage Over the Beheadings in Saudi Arabia?

Although the Obama administration lacks the courage and decency to speak out against the Saudi killing machine, the rest of us have no reason to be constrained.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Richard Glossip Is Granted a Stay of Execution by Oklahoma’s Governor

The execution of Richard Glossip was postponed Wednesday for 37 days, thanks to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who cited questions about the state’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Georgia Officials Disregard Pope Francis’ Clemency Plea on Behalf of Death Row Inmate

Despite the pontiff’s best efforts, he couldn’t persuade a Georgia parole board to grant clemency for Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate due to be executed Tuesday evening.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Fox’s Good News

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Amnesty International: China Still No. 1 in Executions

Amnesty International has released an annual report of the recorded death sentences carried out around the world in 2014. China’s estimated tally was higher than the combined number of executions in all other countries.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Thirteenth Turn

“The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose” explores the little known history and symbolism of the noose and the role it played in crime, punishment and race in American society.

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Execution Snacks

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Texas Halts Execution of Robert James Campbell at Eleventh Hour

A court in Texas halted an execution Tuesday with just hours to spare of a convicted murderer who had appealed on grounds he suffered intellectual disabilities.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

Deadly Bloopers

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Creative Execution

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Death Penalty Report Cites Value of Taping Interrogations

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.

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John Oliver on Why America Needs to Finish Off the Death Penalty

The “Daily Show” veteran’s new Sunday night show “Last Week Tonight” was only two episodes into its first season on HBO when the comedian was forced to tackle a doozy.

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Botched Execution

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U.S. Inmate ‘Tortured’ in Botched Execution

A U.S. death row inmate writhed in agony and mumbled incoherently in a botched execution using untested drugs, before dying of a heart attack 40 minutes into the ordeal, news reports said. The prisoner, Clayton Lockett, is shown above left.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE

Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

Mindsay Mohan (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Instability Surmised as North Korea Executes Kim Jong Un’s Uncle

Kim Jong Un’s government executed the leader’s uncle for treason on charges of plotting a coup, attempting to reform the currency, distributing pornography and more, and experts are divided over whether the violence indicates Kim “was consolidating his power ruthlessly—or that powerful groups within the elite were jockeying for power,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


Iran Has to Decide Whether to Hang a Man—for the Second Time

A convicted drug smuggler was pronounced dead after hanging from the gallows for 12 minutes, but his family discovered in the morgue that he was still breathing.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Gary He

Truthdigger of the Week: Larry Flynt

The man who made his fortune selling pictures of naked women demonstrates virtue unmatched by most of his peers by writing against the planned execution of the man who left him paralyzed.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Florida Department of Corrections

Florida Set to Execute Mentally Ill Man (UPDATED)

Barring a last-minute intervention, John Errol Ferguson is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night despite the fact that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe” mental illness.

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AP/Mississippi Department of Corrections

Willie Manning Execution Postponed

Just hours before he was scheduled to die Tuesday, Willie Manning—who had been convicted of two murders and was recently denied a DNA test that could exonerate him—had his execution stayed by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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Georgia Prepares to Execute ‘Mildly Retarded’ Man (UPDATED)

Despite the Supreme Court’s 2002 ruling that it is unconstitutional to put someone who is mentally handicapped to death, the state of Georgia is planning to execute a man with an IQ of 70 on Tuesday evening.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Ecuador Reportedly Offers Sanctuary to Assange

Sources within the Ecuadorean government report that President Rafael Correa has agreed to grant asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by Sweden for alleged sexual misconduct, and by the United States for publishing state secrets.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE

Democracy Now!

Texas Executes Mentally Disabled Death Row Prisoner

A perversion of American literature helped the state of Texas make 54-year-old Marvin Wilson the second mentally disabled prisoner to be executed within its borders in three weeks.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE

IFC Films

Herzog’s Meditation on Life and Death

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon recently picked up the phone for a conversation about life and death with German filmmaker Werner Herzog. The two discussed Herzog’s newest film, “Into the Abyss,” a nonjudgmental meditation on what it means to be human while awaiting the gallows in the shadow of horrific crimes.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE

Troy Davis and the Machinery of Death

On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die. I was reporting live from outside Georgia’s death row in Jackson, awaiting news about whether the Supreme Court would spare his life.

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CA Corrections

Only Conservatives Can End the Death Penalty

Forgive me, fellow liberals, but we’re not going to be the ones who lead this fight.

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE

Marie Aschehoug-Clauteaux (CC-BY-ND)

‘Probably’ Isn’t Good Enough

The Troy Davis case makes a compelling case against the death penalty—but not because it is exceptional. On the contrary, it’s fairly ordinary.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Charles Dharapak

Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice

In my own experience as a journalist covering this issue, the vast majority of politicians who defend capital punishment do so out of rank opportunism.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

Dave Zirin and Mike Farrell on the Death of Troy Davis

On Wednesday’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, in the hours before the execution of Troy Davis, Mike Farrell and Dave Zirin discussed what Zirin called a “legal lynching.” Also: L.A.’s labor battle and the politics of Hollywood.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The Death of Troy Davis

On Wednesday’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, in the hours before the execution of Troy Davis, Mike Farrell and Dave Zirin discussed what Zirin called a “legal lynching.” Also: L.A.‘s labor battle and the politics of Hollywood.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CC-BY-SA)

Troy Davis Is Dead

Troy Davis’ 22-year ordeal is over. The state of Georgia executed Davis on Wednesday night. In the years since he was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him recanted their testimony and his cause gained many supporters, among them the pope and Jimmy Carter. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE

Amnesty International USA

A Message From Troy Davis

A day before his scheduled execution, Amnesty International USA released a message from Troy Davis, who said, “I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” Davis will be killed Wednesday night unless there is a last-minute intervention. (more)

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Intervenes in Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of a Texas murderer Thursday who was sentenced to death by jurors who were told he was a bigger threat to public safety because he is black.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE

The Case for Troy Davis and Against Gov. Rick Perry

On Aug. 18, 1989, Mark MacPhail, a young police officer, was shot to death in a parking lot in Savannah, Ga. Soon afterward Troy Davis (above) was convicted of the killing. Although a majority of testifying witnesses have recanted their statements, a U.S. district court has ordered Davis to be executed Sept. 21. (more)

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Hameed Rasheed

New Look at an Alleged U.S. Massacre in Iraq

In March 2006, a number of Iraqi civilians were killed under dubious circumstances in a home in the town of Ishaqi. Last week, WikiLeaks released a cable containing notes from U.N. investigators suggesting that the victims may have been executed ... (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Francois Mori

Reports of War Crimes as Tripoli Fighting Continues

Libyan rebels control most of Tripoli, yet fighting continues in the capital amid reports of possible war crimes by both sides. One doctor told a BBC reporter that some rebel bodies delivered to his hospital had bullet holes in the back of their heads and wounds that indicated torture.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE

The Death Penalty and the Costs of an Obsession

The unseemly love affair of some American politicians with the death penalty is bad for justice and bad for our country’s standing in the world. It inflicts a wholly unnecessary moral stain on a nation that rightly preaches the rule of law to everyone else.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE

Supreme Court

No Stay From SCOTUS for Mexican on Death Row

The four justices (guess which ones?) who were hoping to hold off the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas, didn’t get their wish Thursday.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 READ MORE

rommy ghaly (CC-BY)

Bin Laden Family Threatens to Go to International Criminal Court

A press statement attributed to Osama bin Laden’s fourth son, who, the BBC reports, “has repeatedly distanced himself from his father’s ideology,” demands to know “why our father was not arrested and tried but summarily executed without a court of law,” unlike Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic. (Full statement after the jump).

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / theseanster93

Iran to Execute Kurdish Activist for ‘Enmity With God’

A Kurdish man suspected of being a member of a socialist opposition party is awaiting imminent execution in Iran.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE

Mike Huckabee Wants to Execute the Wiki-Leaker

Mike Huckabee, who might just run for president again, says “whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.”

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Yves logghe

Iran Backs Away From Stoning Case

International support rallied around an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Astiani, as she inched closer to death by stoning for her dubious conviction under anti-adultery laws. Now the Iranian government has announced Astiani will not be stoned, though they were unclear if her death sentence had been lifted.

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE

Lethal Injection Gurney
Arizona Department of Corrections

Botched Execution Gives Chance for Testimony

The failed attempt to execute an Ohio man has given new impetus to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection in the state. Technicians were unable to kill Romell Broom on Tuesday, and now a judge is ordering Broom be deposed in the federal lawsuit, a day before the executioners are to try again.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009 READ MORE

Bush Approves Execution of Military Convict

President Bush signed off Monday on the execution of Army Pvt. Ronald Gray, who has been on the U.S. military’s death row since 1988 for rape and murder convictions. Gray’s legal team is expected to appeal, and no date is set for his execution.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE

Aziz Trial on Hold

The trial of nine Iraqis—including former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and Ali Hassan al-Majid (aka “Chemical Ali”)—who were allegedly involved in the killing of 42 merchants in 1992 was delayed for about three weeks for logistical reasons soon after it started Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE

Lethal Injection Gurney
Arizona Department of Corrections

Thou Shalt Kill

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lethal injection cannot be included under the constitutional amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment, clearing the way for the lifting of state moratoriums on executions that were installed last September.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Delaying Iraqi Executions?

For the first time in George W. Bush’s political life, a Bush government is trying not to have someone executed, or so it seems. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused the U.S. of stalling the executions of three prominent prisoners, one of whom might have been in cahoots with the CIA during Saddam Hussein’s reign.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007 READ MORE

execution chamber

Supreme Court Puts Executions on Hold

The Supreme Court has placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty while it considers the legality of lethal injection, which should take months. Justices Scalia and Alito dissented from the opinion, which spared prisoner Earl Wesley Berry only minutes before he was to be killed.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE

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