Jodi Arias Dodges the Death Penalty Thanks to a Deadlocked Jury

Jodi Arias, who was convicted of the murder of Travis Alexander in 2013, will not be charged with the death penalty after the jury deadlocked on the decision of whether or not she should be executed. » 3/05/15 3:45pm 3/05/15 3:45pm

Sudanese Woman Facing Death Penalty for Apostasy To Be Freed

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christianity has won her freedom. In face of the slew of condemnation hurled at Sudanese authorities by leaders and citizens around the world, under-secretary Abdullahi Alzareg told the BBC that "Sudan guaranteed… » 5/31/14 3:00pm 5/31/14 3:00pm

John Oliver Manages a Brilliant Comic Take on the Death Penalty

Last week in Oklahoma, the execution of two death row inmates was botched after Clayton Lockett, one of the men sentenced to die by lethal injection, was given a new drug combination that caused him to die of a brutal heart attack. » 5/06/14 12:10pm 5/06/14 12:10pm

Oklahoma Botched Its Planned Double Execution

A planned double execution in the state of Oklahoma was halted tonight after the delivery of a new drug combination failed, causing one man to die of a heart attack. » 4/29/14 9:21pm 4/29/14 9:21pm

Texas Executes Fourteenth Woman Since Death Penalty Was Reinstated

Suzanne Basso, who was convicted of murdering a mentally impaired man, became the fourteenth female to be executed in the United States since 1976, when the Supreme Court lifted the ban on the death penalty. » 2/06/14 10:20am 2/06/14 10:20am

Maryland Senate Votes to Repeal Death Penalty

After four days of stressful debate, two Republicans members of the Maryland State Senate joined the 25 democrats to vote 27 to 20 to repeal the death penalty. A project of Gov. Martin O'Malley since 2007, the measure was finally able to pass due to new Senators and the changed minds of others. » 3/07/13 10:00am 3/07/13 10:00am

Americans Find Just About Everything More Sinful Than Birth Control

For all the chest beating and wailing and carrying on about the Obama administration's contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, you'd think that this country was embroiled in a coast to coast battle that pits a staunch moral majority against a small, active tide of unstoppable vaginas demanding sexual… » 5/23/12 6:30pm 5/23/12 6:30pm

Supreme Court Denies Troy Davis' Appeal, Execution Will Go Forward…

Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. today for the 1989 killing of a police officer in Georgia. Many believe he should be granted clemency because there isn't enough physical evidence linking him to the crime and after his trial witnesses recanted and said police threatened them. Davis' attorneys made a… » 9/21/11 10:42pm 9/21/11 10:42pm

Illinois Reacts To Death Penalty Abolition

Yesterday Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in his state. Now the families of victims are angry — and Republicans vow to reinstate executions. » 3/10/11 9:45am 3/10/11 9:45am

Only After Virginia Woman Is Executed Do The Gory Details Emerge

Teresa Lewis was executed yesterday — and interestingly, it's only now that the worst details of her crime are getting mainstream coverage. » 9/24/10 9:34am 9/24/10 9:34am

Is Teresa Lewis's Execution A Gender Issue?

The Supreme Court has rejected Virginia death-row inmate Teresa Lewis's bid for a stay of execution, but Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted in favor of the stay. So is this a gender issue? » 9/22/10 2:57pm 9/22/10 2:57pm

Is Virginia's Death-Row Woman Our Sakineh Ashtiani?

For the first time in a hundred years, a woman is on death row in Virginia. Now Iran is calling the US hypocritical for its objection to the execution of Sakineh Ashtiani. Are they right? » 9/21/10 9:30am 9/21/10 9:30am

Virginia To Execute Woman For The First Time In 98 Years

Despite protests from supporters, Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has denied a stay of execution for Teresa Lewis, who was sentenced to death for planning the murders of her husband and stepson in 2002. She will be executed this week. [Guardian] » 9/19/10 3:25pm 9/19/10 3:25pm

First Woman To Be Executed In Virginia In 98 Years

Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed on September 23 for her role in her husband and stepson's murders. She'll be the first U.S. woman executed since 2005. Two very different takes on the story are here and here. » 9/03/10 12:25pm 9/03/10 12:25pm

Brazilian President Offers Asylum To Iranian Mom

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has offered asylum to Sakineh Ashtiani, the mother of two initially sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. Unfortunately, her fate still remains uncertain. » 8/02/10 9:30am 8/02/10 9:30am

Rape Victim Is A Giants Fan • Male Contraceptive Blasts Away Sperm Via…

• The 16-year-old who brought rape charges against Lawrence Taylor says she didn't recognize the NFL player at the time of the assault, but because she's a "huge Giant fan," she isn't sure she wants him to go to jail. » 5/11/10 5:40pm 5/11/10 5:40pm

Girl Prodigy Types 119-Words A Minute • Prosecution Allowed To Seek…

• Meet Mackenzie, a child prodigy who can type 119 worlds per minute (the average professional adult types 50-70 wpm). "It makes me feel powerful," she said. "I'd like to get to at least 200." • » 12/18/09 5:40pm 12/18/09 5:40pm

Uganda Drops Death Penalty From Anti-Gay Bill

Uganda has eliminated the death penalty and life imprisonment from its anti-gay bill, in the hopes of pleasing some religious leaders. But the bill now includes counseling to "attract errant people to acceptable sexual orientation." [Bloomberg] » 12/09/09 5:20pm 12/09/09 5:20pm

Shock Therapy

In the video after the jump, the lamp is finally tried for stomping out the letter I in the Pixar intro. As punishment, he's supplied with a little too much electricity. [College Humor via Buzzfeed] » 10/19/09 3:30pm 10/19/09 3:30pm