Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was convicted in May on ten counts of murder, one count of attempted murder. His victims were killed over a 22-year period in south Los Angeles, where Franklin Jr. worked as a garbage truck driver and a garage attendant for the Los Angeles Police Department.
On June 17, 2015, white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine people worshipping inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nearly a year later, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that, in light of Roof’s crimes, the Department of Justice would pursue the death penalty. But…
During serial killer Michael Madison’s sentencing on Thursday, the father of one of his victims dove over a courtroom table in an attempt to confront the killer.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch publicly stated on Tuesday that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the suspected perpetrator of the racially-motivated Charleston church shootings that occurred almost a year ago.
The New York Times is reporting that Pfizer has imposed new controls on their products to make sure that none of them are used in lethal injections. Pfizer was virtually the last major legal source for the drugs used in executions.
Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz has never exactly hidden his passion for the death penalty—it’s a love that speaks its name over and over whenever he talks in public. As the New York Times lays out today, his passion took a somewhat more unseemly form when he was a Supreme Court Clerk, where he…
During the Politics and Eggs breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire this Wednesday, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton managed to yet again stand out against her fellow Democratic candidates, this time by coming out in support of the death penalty.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he would not be surprised if the death penalty was abolished in the United States in the near future.
On Monday, October 19, the state of Ohio deferred its execution schedule until January 2017 due to problems acquiring the appropriate drugs for lethal injection. A dozen inmates have had their dates of execution accordingly postponed.
Kelly Gissendaner, the sole female inmate on Georgia’s death row, will be executed Tuesday evening, 18 years after she plotted the murder of her husband.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate ordered all executions to temporarily halt, calling lethal injection a cruel and unusual method. Wingate is expected to give a more thorough explanation behind the decision in the next few days.
When Connecticut abolished the death penalty in 2012, one question remained: what was to become of the prisoners who were sentenced to die before the ban went into effect?
An Afghan court has sentenced four men to death in the mob killing of Farkhunda, the 27-year-old woman who was beaten to death and tossed off a bridge after she was falsely accused of burning a Quran. Her body was also set on fire.
On Friday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed a bill that allows the state to execute inmates using nitrogen gas in the event that traditional lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The use of nitrogen gas, which induces hypoxia, has never been tested on humans, but supporters maintain that the method is both…
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.
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…
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.
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.