Death penalty controversy

FILE - This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty...
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December 14, 2018 - 12:05 am
HOUSTON (AP) — While Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline, according to a new report. The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said in its year-end review report the drop can be attributed, in part,...
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This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate David Earl Miller in Nashville, Tenn. Miller, 61, has been moved to the state’s death watch ahead of his scheduled execution Thursday, Dec. 2018. Miller, who has been on death row for 36 years, was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
December 06, 2018 - 9:16 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on an execution in Tennessee (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The final words of a man executed in Tennessee almost couldn't be heard. Sixty-one-year-old David Earl Miller was asked before his execution Thursday night if he had anything to say. When his words couldn't...
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2017 file photo, the head of the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Labbaik radical religious party, Khadim Hussain Rizvi prays during a sit-in protest in Islamabad, Pakistan. The party of a radical Islamic cleric who disrupted daily life with rallies across Pakistan following the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case says he has been arrested Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 by police in the city of Lahore. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, file)
November 24, 2018 - 2:44 am
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan have arrested some 300 supporters of a detained radical Islamic cleric who disrupted daily life with nationwide rallies following the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Senior police officer Tahir Mahmood said Saturday that...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Roberto Moreno Ramos. Ramos is scheduled for lethal injection for the 1992 killings of his 42-year-old wife, Leticia, their 7-year-old daughter, Abigail, and their 3-year-old son, Jonathan, at their home in Progreso, located along the Mexico border about 20 miles (32.19 kilometers) southeast of McAllen. Prosecutors say Ramos killed his loved ones and then buried them underneath his home's freshly tiled bathroom floor. Authorities say he bludgeoned his family members so he could marry the woman he was having an extramarital affair with at the time. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
November 14, 2018 - 10:44 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno Ramos was condemned for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and 3...
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This undated photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Virendra Govin. Govin is one of two men on California's death row for committing multiple murders that was found dead at San Quentin State Prison. California prison officials said Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, they are investigating both deaths as suicides. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)
November 05, 2018 - 9:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two condemned multiple murderers, including a serial killer, apparently committed suicide within hours of each other on the nation's largest death row, California officials said Monday. Corrections officials said they found Andrew Urdiales, 54, unresponsive during a...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2011 file photo, Rodney Berget, who was convicted of killing a Sioux Falls prison guard during an escape attempt, is escorted to court in Sioux Falls, S.D. South Dakota has set Monday as the execution date for Berget. Berget is one of two inmates convicted in the 2011 killing of guard Ronald Johnson during a failed escape attempt at the state prison in Sioux Falls. The other inmate, Eric Robert was executed by lethal injection in 2012. (Elisha Page/Argus Leader via AP, File)
October 29, 2018 - 1:01 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who killed a South Dakota prison guard in a failed escape seven years ago is scheduled to be executed Monday after dropping his death penalty appeal. Rodney Berget, 56, will be put to death for the 2011 slaying of Ronald "R.J." Johnson, who was beaten with a pipe and...
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Gov. Jay Inslee, left, addresses a news conference with Attorney General Bob Ferguson following an earlier announcement that Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington's death row to life in prison. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
October 11, 2018 - 6:51 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent...
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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 - 8:59 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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September 11, 2018 - 3:50 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Nearly a dozen rights groups on Tuesday condemned the passing of death sentences by an Egyptian court against 75 people, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, as the government of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi dueled with the U.N. and EU over...
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